Cards of Wine

Pinotage (South Africa)

Pinotage is a red wine grape from South Africa.

The clone was created in 1925, crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Typical Flavors


Blueberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum

Fig
Fig
Jam
Jam
Mint
Mint
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Dark Berries, Dark Fruit, Fig, and Mint are typical Pinotage flavors.

Profile

Pinotage has a profile much like Shiraz:

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITHigh
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Mushroom
Spicy Tapas
Hamburger
Spicy Burger
Salami
Salami
Soup
Casseroles

Chili
Chili
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

A full bodied Pinotage pairs best with Bold Food.

Pinotage loves Smoke, Curry and Spices.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
South African. Indian. Creole.
Cured Meat. Salami.
Hot BBQ. Chicken. Pork.
Hot Curry. Spiced Rice (Thai).
Ratatouille.

Cheese:
Mature Cheese. Gouda. Cheddar. Gruyére.

South African Specialities:
Bobotie (Cured Meat).
Boerwor (Curry Sausage).
Potjiekos (Meat Stew).

If You Like Pinotage

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut.

In South Africa Cinsault is called Hermitage. Quite confusing since in France Hermitage means Syrah.