Pinotage

Pinotage is a hybrid between Pinot Noir and Cinsault that’s grown almost exclusively in South Africa. It produces deep red wines high in tannins with smoky dark fruit flavors accented by earthy bramble characteristics. Pinotage is also commonly blended with other varieties, producing what is referred to as a Cape Blend in South Africa. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Pinotage among our extensive Pinotage wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Pinotage reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Pinotage, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Simonsig 2011 Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $36
A decadent blend of ripe berries and rich oak characterizes this wine; sweet smoke and baking spice mingle harmoniously with notes of mashed raspberry and blackberry, accented by hints of hickory-cured bacon and raw cocoa nibs. The medium-weight mouth is structured and bold, with chewy tannins and heady flavors of plum and berry preserves, roasted coffee and sweet…  — L.B.  (3/1/2014)
92
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Simonsig 2009 Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $32
Simonsig’s Redhill Pinotage is consistently an excellent example of the variety done right, and the 2009 doesn’t disappoint. It’s brimming with assertive dark-fruit aromas and flavors of boysenberry, mulberry and plum, all jazzed up with spicy notes of vanilla, pepper and bittersweet cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is lush and full but not fat, with a texture like…  — L.B.  (5/1/2013)
91
points

Painted Wolf 2010 Guillermo Pinotage (Swartland)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $19
Aromas of dark forest berry, smoke, cigar-box spice and tobacco leaf immediately waft from the glass of this forward and robust Pinotage. The wine’s boldness continues to shine on the full palate, loaded with gripping tannins and layers of blackberry, boysenberry, roasted cocoa nib, pepper and toasted oak flavors. Drinkable now, but should benefit from some time in…  — L.B.  (5/1/2013)
91
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Simonsig 2008 Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32
This is a ripe, bold and fruit-forward wine that’s creamy, lush and easily drinkable now. Rich, dark-fruit notes of brambly berry, boysenberry and black plum are spiced with notes of coconut cream, vanilla bean and whole black peppercorn. Although it might be flavorful, it’s also elegant and surprisingly quite accessible; drink now through 2016.  — L.B.  (5/1/2013)
91
points

Fairview 2009 Primo Pinotage (Coastal Region)

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  1. $30
A stunning Pinotage that shows great varietal character in its aromas and flavors of black cherry and currant infused with spicy notes of biltong, bark, clay, cinnamon and soft tar. The wine is firmly structured, with gripping tannins and medium acidity, striking a balance between the astringency of the tannins and freshness of the fruit. Nuances of baking spice…  — L.B.  (5/1/2012)
91
points

Kaapzicht 2007 Steytler Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

  1. $30
Named after George Steytler, who farmed the estate from 1946 to 1984, this gorgeous Pinotage is powerful yet defined. Dense black berry fruit flavors are laced with notes of sweet cedar and spice. Tight tannins provide a firm structure to the rich fruit flavors, and the endless finish offers notes of dark chocolate truffle and black pepper. Drinkable now, but could…  — L.B.  (12/15/2011)
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Diemersfontein 2006 Reserve Pinotage (Wellington)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $25
A beautiful Pinotage with superb expression and balance. Intriguing aromas of spicy cured meat, pepper, raw vanilla bean and mulled boysenberry abound, while the lush mouth offers concentrated dark fruit flavors of plum preserves and berry pie filling. Enjoyable now thanks to a creamy texture and silk tannins, though this wine also shows the potential to cellar for…  — L.B.  (12/15/2011)
91
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Rijk's 2007 Reserve Pinotage (Tulbagh)

  1. $75
With only 20 cases imported, this will be a tough find but it’s certainly well worth the hunt. This high-end Pinotage is lush and creamy, the oak-driven notes of dark chocolate and smoky cigar spice fusing seamlessly with the damson plum and dark berry preserve fruit center. Though dense and powerful, the long finish is surprisingly vibrant and spicy all at once.  — L.B.  (11/1/2011)
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