Pinotage Pinotage is a wine grape that is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (called Hermitage in South Africa and parts of Europe, hence the portmanteau name of this grape variety). A variety that is decreasing in vineyard area. A cross between pinot and cinsaut ('hermitage'). Made in a range of styles from fruity to well-oaked. Pinotage is...
Pinotage Pinotage is a wine grape that is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (called Hermitage in South Africa and parts of Europe, hence the portmanteau name of this grape variety). A variety that is decreasing in vineyard area. A cross between pinot and cinsaut ('hermitage'). Made in a range of styles from fruity to well-oaked. Pinotage is a controversial grape variety that was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, a professor at Stellenbosch University but not used commercially until 1959. Perold was attempting to combine the best qualities of Pinot Noir, a grape that can be difficult to grow but with excellent wine-making properties, with the Cinsault, which is very prolific and sturdy. For over forty years after its introduction (when it was very poorly received by a team of visiting British Masters of Wine - who said it was reminiscent of "rusty nails" and described the nose as "hot and horrible", "reeking of nail varnish" and "acetone") - Pinotage was relatively unknown outside South Africa. However, after the apartheid system fell, international boycotts were lifted, and Pinotage began to spread commercially. Although it is still best known in South Africa, it is now also grown in New Zealand where there are 94 hectares, Zimbabwe, Brazil, California, Canada, Israel, and Virginia. Pinotage is a viticultural cross, not a hybrid. In viticulture, a cross is a cultivar which is the result of crossing two or more cultivars within the same species, while a hybrid is a cultivar bred from members of different species. Both of Pinotage's ancestors are vitis vinifera.
Elegant and aromatic nose, complimented by subtle, juicy fruit. A velvety palate with prominent notes of black and red berries, featuring spicy undertones of cinnamon.
The palate is rich and offers concentrated flavours of ripe raspberries and plum flavours with polished tannins balanced with the oak.
The wine has an attractive nose, which reminds of violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices.
The nose shows vibrant flavours of plums, red cherries and dark chocolate.
The nose reveals the characteristic sweet red cherries, Christmas cake with floral hints.
Dried prunes, wild cherries, as well as a blend of clove and cinnamon. Intense scarlet with a deep violet hue.
An intense, rich wine packed with flavours of ripe blueberry and mulberry, exotic spice and creamy vanilla with evident ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.
An intense fruit packed wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, savory spice and toasty wood flavors. The wine has fine bright tannins. It has a long fresh finish.
The vineyards were identified in the Swartland region and they grow in decomposed granite soils on easterly facing slopes. Well manicured and settled vines yielding a low 7 tonnes/ha.
Medium bodied, fresh & vibrant. Enjoy while relaxing with friends or as an Aperitif with some savoury bites.