Pinotage is a cross between two grape varieties, namely Pinot Noir and the Hermitage (or Cinsaut as it’s more widely known). It is a South African icon and since it’s commercial inception in 1959, has received conflicting reviews and had mixed blessings in the world of wine.
On the one hand you have local guru’s, like Beyers Truter, labeling it as distinctly and wonderfully different – while on the other, you have Wine Masters around the world saying it’s reminiscent of ‘Rusty Nails’!
Whatever the common view, it is distinctly South African and when you come across a well crafted example – well it’s purely magic!
Here below are a selection of truly fantastic examples of well crafted Pinotage. The list is comprised of the 2006 ABSA Top 10 Pinotage award winners:
Allée Bleue Pinotage 2005
Boland Cellar Winemakers Selection Pinotage 2004
Camberley Pinotage 2005
Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve 2003
Kanonkop Pinotage 2004
Morewag Pinotage 2002
Pulpit Rock Pinotage 2004
Stellenzicht Golden Triangle 2005
Tukulu Papkuilsfontein Pinotage 2004
Wellington Cellar Pinotage Reserve 2003
Make an effort to go out there and try some of these fantastic wines. Once you have, come back and let me know what you think about Pinotage!
(Check out The Pinotage Association for more about this iconic grape)
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