grapes-pinot-noir
EDUCATION

Pinotage

(pee-noh-TAHJ)

Pinotage is a grape unique to South Africa, where it was created in 1925 as a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault (SAHN-so) varietals. This grape doesn’t get the most respect throughout the wine world, but its mellow and complex structural components along with its unique aroma/flavor profile makes an incredibly food friendly partner to hamburgers, texmex, and Mexican dishes.

  • Aroma/Flavor Components:

Dried to baked fruits (red and black), earth, animal (leather), tobacco shop (smoke), and chemical (acetone).

  • Structural Components:

Medium-bodied with low to medium tannin and acid.

  • Significant Locations:

South Africa is this wine’s major producer.