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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Kanonkop 2008 Cape Winemakers Guild CWG Pinotage (Simonsberg-Stellenbosch)

Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar. Kanonkop is known for producing top-end Pinotage, and this CWG selection follows suit. Licorice, black pepper and sweet spice aromas lead the bouquet, with notes of bramble, forest berry and black plum providing a fruity backbone. Medium tannins and lush fruit flavors abound on the palate, with a crushed velvet texture. Gamy bacon and…  — L.B.  (9/29/2014)
92
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Simonsig 2011 Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $38
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
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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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Beyerskloof 2012 Cape Winemakers Guild Traildust Pinotage (Stellenbosch)

Winemaker: Beyers Truter. This treads the line between traditional and earthy versus modern and opulent. The fruit aromas and flavors are ripe and rich in notes of black plum, brambly berry and boysenberry, with attractive sweet spice, black licorice and caramel oak tones in the background. The palate is medium weight and the tannins are supportive but supple…  — L.B.  (9/29/2014)
91
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Rijk's 2011 Cape Winemakers Guild CWG Pinotage (Tulbagh)

Winemaker: Pierre Wahl. Creamy and lush, this leads with seductive notes of blackberry and boysenberry preserves, plum sauce and mocha. The supple, medium-weight palate is round and mouthfilling, full of jammy black-fruit flavors that are spiced by notes of black pepper and anise. It's rich and opulent, but delicious. Drink now–2018.  — L.B.  (9/29/2014)
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
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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)
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