Pinotage is South Africa’s marquis grape originating in 1925, said to be a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Very few global wine regions have invested in Pinotage as a homegrown varietal, but it is known that many have started to experiment.

Pinotage, given its cross breeding, is a dark grape, with strong tannins, coupled with red berries and some smokiness.  Today’s Pinotage, Stellenrust Pinotage 2013, comes from Stellenrust Wines, located in Stellenbosch South Africa.

Stellenrust boasts today with being one of the largest family owned wine estates in South Africa carrying through generations of winemaking skills

On colour, the Stellenrust Pinotage 2013 holds a dark scarlet hue.  On the nose, raspberry, plum and vanilla are noted. On the palate, robust tannins are presented in the fold of red berries, light oak, vanilla and a hint of peppercorn.

Stellenrust Pinotage 2013 is a great reminder of why we should not sleep on all that Pinotage has to offer, whether blend or single variety wine.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $15.95

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5