Pinotage Day October 10th, here are a few delicious wines with which to celebrate…

Pinotage Day honours the grape created by Professor Abraham Izak Perold

Pinotage, South Africa’s national red wine grape, is, like the Protea, a chameleon. It has many guises from white wines, blanc de noirs, rosés, delicate reds, full bodied reds, it is used in Méthode Cap Classique and for sweet wines.

The parents of Pinotage are Pinot Noir, for its nobility and Cinsault, formerly known as Hermitage, hence Pino-tage. So, let’s start with the parents first.

De Wetshof Nature in Concert

Elegant complex, fresh and crisp with crunchy berries and cherries. Marzipan and hazelnut notes. Beautiful oak brushing. Soft silken tannins and a lovely ending.

Welgegund Cinsault 2017

One of my current favourite varieties. Called Cinsaut by some, Cinsault by others. Gem bright in the glass, plum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. Aromas of berries, sour cherries, fraises des bois, cranberry and sweet spice. The palate is soft and sappy, touches of the dark fruit and crushed fennel seeds with an undertow of charcuterie. Soft, silken tannins in a long ending.

And here is a blend of 58% Pinotage, 35% Pinot Noir & 7% Cinsaut…

Vinoneers 42 Cape Bland 2017

Just as Pinot Noir and Cinsaut brought their unique characteristics to the crossing of Pinotage, so too is its contribution in No.42. While Pinotage was primarily responsible for structure and vibrant oak notes, Pinot Noir and Cinsaut contributed elegance and Old World sensibility. Ripe plum and cherry fruit on the nose with a hint of toasty oak. The entry on the palate is silky and elegant, and the finish is enhanced by a velvety tannin structure and modern oak flavours.

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2016
I loved the seriousness of this wine. Brilliant aromas of blackberries, forest fruits, with the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla in undertow. Matured in French Oak Barrels. Great balance between fruit and oak will allow superb ageing in the bottle for 10 years and more. Brilliant silken soft finish. Impressive glass…

Delheim Vera Cruz Pinotage 2017

Roelof Lotriet, Delheim’s Winemaker says ‘Deep crimson colour, ripe dark fruit and floral aromas with hints of spice and mocha. Full bodied with an opulent tannin structure, juicy palate that will reward with ageing. Careful cellaring will allow this wine to age gracefully for at least another 10 years.” Couldn’t put it better myself.

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2018

From one of the oldest wine estates in the country. In the glass, plum at the heart and ruby at the edges. Aromas are of ripe red fruit. Forest berries and black cherries with plums. Undertow of oak and its spice and vanilla. The palate is rich, full and generous from entry, through the mid palate and into a perfect aftertaste.

Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2016

In the glass, a deep bright plum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. Whiffs and flavours of black cherry spoon jam, oak spice and snappy dark chocolate. Smooth silken tannins and rich fruit combine in a perfectly balanced and long aftertaste.

De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2019

Bright, gem like purple tinged plum at the heart which pales out ruby crimson at the edges. Whiffs of Bing cherries, Agen prune plums and creamy burnt sugar candy. On entry, the tannins are soft but grippy [a good sign for ageing] and rich and generous with the fruit. Toasty oak spice and vanilla with stewed dried fruit in the long aftertaste.

Landskroon Blanc de Noir Pinotage Off Dry 2020

Packed under screw cap in a Bordeaux shaped clear glass bottle with its beautiful new livery. Pale coral in the glass. Flowers and red berry fruit on the nose. Pleasantly crisp and fresh palate from entry and the golden thread of acidity runs through into the refreshing fruited aftertaste.

De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2020

Packed under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped, clear glass bottle. The delicate watermelon pink colour is such an invitation. Whiffs of red berries, cherries, and plums followed by a repeat on the palate. Lovely fresh summery wine, great with food. De Krans Wines Estate is in the warmer Klein Karoo region, producing more intense fruit flavours.

Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2017

A beautiful dark ruby at the heart, paling out to garnet at the edges. The aromas are of sappy red fruit, cherry, raspberry, strawberry and plums. Sweet wood spice with an undertow vanilla. A medium bodied wine with dark fruit flavours, with cherries, bloodplums and silken tannins. Sweet spice in the generously fruited aftertaste.

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