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Pinotage

This divisive South African red grape variety was the result of a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut in 1925 by a Stellenbosch University professor, taking 25 years for it to become a prevalent variety.

Although the vine has much going for it - grows with ease, is strong (a trait inherited from its parent Cinsaut) and ripens early with good acidity - its success depends on how it is cultivated. It only reaches its maximum potential when the vines are old, yields kept low and great care is taken between fermentation and bottling.

This divisive South African red grape variety was the result of a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut in 1925 by a Stellenbosch University professor, taking 25 years for it to become a prevalent variety.

Although the vine has much going for it - grows with ease, is strong (a trait inherited from its parent Cinsaut) and ripens early with good acidity - its success depends on how it is cultivated. It only... read more.

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By the 1990s, certain producers were taking such pains, showing that the ester-like nature of the vine - in large part the cause of its divisiveness and the reason for some complaining that it smelt of paint - could be greatly minimised. Today it continues to be widely grown in South Africa and is increasing in popularity. It is often blended; in fact, Cape blends must comprise between 30% and 60% Pinotage.

Key Regions

South Africa.

Colour and Flavours

The deeply coloured wines produced by this variety are rich, full-bodied and somewhat aromatic; they display earthy, wild fruit flavours such as brambles, sweet red berries and plums - a legacy of the vine's Pinot Noir parentage - and are reminiscent of summer pudding. Generally, Pinotage wines should be drunk young.

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  1. The Den Pinotage, Coastal Region

    Den Pinotage, Coastal Region, 2014 75cl

    A very fruity expression of South Africa's most famous black grape. Lots of berry fruit, both red and black, are supported by just a hint of the earthy tannin typical of this style. There is some spice and toast in a finish that is pleasingly deep.

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    £10.02
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    £8.35
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  2. Freedom Cross Pinotage, Paarl

    Freedom Cross Pinotage, Western Cape, 2015 75cl

    Full-bodied dry red with an approachable earthy and berry fruit aroma. Softly styled in character.

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    £7.32
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    £8.35
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  3. Kaapzicht Pinotage, Stellenbosch

    Kaapzicht Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2013 75cl

    Berry aromas carry through to a rich body that has earthy hints and great depth. The finish is rewarding with dark tannic notes and resounding softness.

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  4. Kaapzicht Steytler Vision, Stellenbosch

    Kaapzicht Steytler Vision, Stellenbosch, 2012 75cl

    This Cape Blend produces blackberry, vanilla and spice. These are married together with sour Morello cherry, plum and wild fig giving a deeply fruity palate.

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    £33.30
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  5. Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage, Swartland

    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage, Swartland, 2013 75cl

    Both black and red berry aromas combine to create a herbaceous and spicy palate and achieve great harmony. The finish is good and long with lingering earthy overtones.

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    £14.34
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    £16.50
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  6. River Grandeur Pinotage, Viljoensdrift, Robertson

    River Grandeur Pinotage, Viljoensdrift, Robertson, 2015 75cl

    A juicy Pinotage that has lots of summer fruit aroma and a hint of chocolate. The palate is creamy and smooth with raspberry and strawberry fruits developing before the finish brings more chocolate and a lingering freshness.

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    £13.56
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    £15.55
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    £11.30
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  7. Kaapzicht Hanepoot Jerepigo Muscat d'Alexandrie, Stellenbosch

    Kaapzicht Hanepoot Jerepigo Muscat d'Alexandrie, Stellenbosch 75cl

    Grape and honeysuckle notes balanced with an animated acidity, resulting in a well balanced, pudding wine. A perfect match with fresh fruit or apple and almond tart.

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    £15.06
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    £16.94
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    £12.55
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