Wine Profile: Pinotage

Back in the 1920s applying science to agriculture was all the rage and Pinotage, a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (known in South Africa as Hermitage, hence the portmanteau name), was the product of one such union. Its creators were hoping for a wine with the hardiness and yield of Cinsault, combined with the subtle, delicate flavour of Pinot Noir. They got the high yield, but in every other regard Pinotage was a disappointment.

Pinotage bottle
In New Zealand Kumala markets a popular range of low to mid-priced South African wines, including Pinotage and Pinotage blends.

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