Pinotage, the South African gem making a big comeback!

The grape that is completely unique to South Africa is Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. A professor at the University of Stellenbosch, Abraham Izak Perold, created this grape crossing and the vine is only grown in South Africa. Since the vine is mostly made from Pinot Noir roots there is great elegance in the wine, whilst the cinsault influence gives the varietal its character and depth. The flavor of Pinotage is extremely diverse region to region and climate to climate. One farm might have a chocolate, cigar tasting Pinotage, while another might have a wine you might mistake for a Pinot Noir. So it is very important to understand climate, soil, and general wine-making style when it comes to your Pinotage selection.