Half case of South African Pinotage on offer!
The 2nd Saturday every October celebrates South Africa’s own grape varietal, Pinotage. Wineries producing Pinotage in SA mark the International Pinotage Day with events, promotions and wine tastings.
The grape produces deep red wine with cherry, tobacco, liquorice and earthy flavours. Despite its reputation, good quality Pinotage should not smell of acetone! Carefully produced and aged, it should have aromas of red and dark fruit, graphite, coffee and chocolate.
History of Pinotage
The varietal was created in 1925 by South African, Abraham Izak Perold. Perold was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Attempting to combine the best qualities of Cinsault (called Hermitage in SA) and Pinot Noir, Perold’s experiments resulted in a grape that was easy to grow but not necessarily easy to work with when creating great wines.
Future of Pinotage
While the majority of Pinotage is produced in South Africa, the wine is experiencing a revival with winemakers around the globe taking up the challenge of creating a great Pinotage.
The latest vineyard to experiment with this grape is Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Horsham, so within five years, we could be seeing an English Pinotage!
We have selected 6 wines we believe best exemplify the unique Pinotage grape, from wineries in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swartland and the far Northern Cape.
For a short time, we are offering this half case at a 19% discount.
A classic Pinotage with a velvety palate, well-integrated tannins and hints of smokiness and chocolate. A total of 12 months of barrel maturation.
Deep red, earthy colouring. Fresh dark berry aromas on the nose. The palate layers raspberries, blackcurrant, nutmeg and a small amount of earthiness at the end.
A rich full-bodied wine with an earthy aroma and dark fruits. The palate is smooth and succulent with touches of spice, brambles, dark cherry and blackcurrant. A classic Pinotage from the heart of Franschhoek.
An earthy Pinotage from the Swartland region of South Africa. A purple red colour in the glass. Brambly notes and deep red fruit on the palate. Bright red fruit, liquorice and spice on the nose.
Full-bodied with plums and ripe dark fruits. Balanced oaking and a rounded mouth feel. Complex with good levels of tannin structure allowing for excellent ageing potential over the next 10 years.
A traditional style of Pinotage. A deep purple, red colour. A rich juicy palate with earthy farmyard qualities and full dark fruits. This wine has good ageing potential.