Pinotage is a grape unique to South Africa, where it was created in 1925 as a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault (SAHN-so) varietals. This grape doesn’t get the most respect throughout the wine world, but its mellow and complex structural components along with its unique aroma/flavor profile makes an incredibly food friendly partner to hamburgers, texmex, and Mexican dishes.
Dried to baked fruits (red and black), earth, animal (leather), tobacco shop (smoke), and chemical (acetone).
Medium-bodied with low to medium tannin and acid.
South Africa is this wine’s major producer.