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Pinotage

Pinotage is a South-African cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. With its distinctive dark colour, intense aromas, and full-bodied taste profile, it is one of the most popular reds in the South African wine landscape.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Pinotage typically features a deep purple or ruby red hue, though some wines made from the variety may be lighter in colour. The variety is known for its intense aromas, which can include notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, leather, smoke, and spice. The taste profile is full-bodied and generally features flavours of fruit, earth and spice.

Fresh Pinotage grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

The variety is primarily grown in South Africa, though it is also cultivated in small amounts in New Zealand, Australia, Zimbabwe and Brazil. Pinotage is a hardy variety and it has a moderate to high resistance to disease. The variety is best suited to hillsides with moderate to good water-holding capacity. It is usually skin-fermented, pressed an then matured in oak for a period up to two years. Cheaper and more approachable styles are usually unaged and fermented in stainless steel. The styles of Pinotage vary depending on the region, soil, and climate. In general, the wines from the Coastal Region are usually lighter in body, with higher acidity and more delicate fruit flavours. Wines from the Swartland and Paarl regions tend to be fuller-bodied and more intense, with prominent notes of dark fruits and spice. Pinotage pairs well with a variety of dishes, from grilled fish to heartier dishes like roast beef and game. It is especially good with South African cuisine, such as boerewors (a type of sausage) and braaivleis (grilled meat).

Foods to pair with Pinotage:

Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Pinotage
Pinotage was bred in 1925 by South African professor Abraham Izak Perold (first professor of viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch), who crossed Pinot Noir with Cinsault in an attempt to create a variety better suited to the local climate.

Top Wines with Pinotage

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Barista Pinotage

Barista

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Barista Pinotage is a delicious red wine produced by the South African winery Barista. This wine is made from the Pinotage grape variety, which is known for its unique flavor profile. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Western Cape region of South Africa, where the climate and soil provide ideal growing conditions. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied and rich, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Barista Pinotage is a perfect choice for those who enjoy bold, flavorful red wines with a touch of complexity.
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beef
pork
grilled vegetables
stews
lamb
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Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend

Kanonkop

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Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend is a premium red wine produced by Kanonkop, a renowned winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The wine is made from a blend of classic Bordeaux grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Pinotage sourced from the estate's vineyards in the Simonsberg region. The vineyards are known for their unique terroir, with decomposed granite soils and a cool maritime climate, which impart complexity and elegance to the wine. The winemaking involves traditional techniques, including hand sorting, open fermentation, and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a full-bodied, rich, and complex blend, with notes of blackcurrant, plum, and spice, and a long, smooth finish.
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Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage

Kanonkop

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Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage is a highly regarded wine produced in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique climate and soil, resulting in exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and hand-harvesting of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The wine showcases the distinct characteristics of the Pinotage grape, with its rich and complex flavors of dark berries, plums, and hints of spice. With its smooth tannins and well-balanced acidity, Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage is a versatile and enjoyable wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
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game
roasted meats
grilled meats
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Kanonkop Pinotage

Kanonkop

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Kanonkop Pinotage is a premium red wine produced by Kanonkop Estate, one of South Africa's most renowned wineries. The wine is made from 100% Pinotage grapes grown in the Stellenbosch region. The vineyard is characterized by granite and shale soils and benefits from the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts before being aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The resulting wine is full-bodied and rich, with flavors of blackberry, plum, and chocolate, balanced by notes of spice and smokiness. Kanonkop Pinotage is known for its depth and complexity and is considered a benchmark for this uniquely South African grape variety.
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Fairview Pinotage

Fairview

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Fairview Pinotage is a premium red wine produced by Fairview, a renowned winery in South Africa. The grapes are sourced from the Paarl appellation, known for its warm climate and granite soils. The vineyards are carefully tended to ensure optimal ripeness and flavor development. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, including hand-picking, fermentation in open tanks, and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a rich and complex expression of Pinotage, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and smoky oak. It is a perfect match for hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses.
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