✌️"While South Africa has a long and rich winemaking history that's hard to define with just one grape, many assert that Pinotage is the country's most characteristic red-wine variety.
A hybrid between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage was first created in 1925 by chemist Abraham Izak Perold, who was tasked by the Cape government to find grape varieties that could be successfully cultivated in South Africa. The first documented commercial planting of the grape was in 1943, with many award-winning successes that followed.
The country's Pinotages become better and more consistent than ever before. The winemaking camaraderie and information sharing achieved through this initiative combined with developing technological and viticultural advancements ushered in a new era for Pinotage.
Today, South Africa's third most-planted red variety is again experiencing arenaissance. New life is being breathed into wines made from Pinotage by winemakers that now treat the grape more thoughtfully and with more reverence to its lineage and long-term potential. Bold, powerful, concentrated and firmly structured examples still exist, but are now joined by selections that exhibitsurprising nuance, restraint and elegance.
Watch this space, as respect and admiration for these complex, cellar-worthy wines will only continue to grow as savvy wine lovers catch on to the grape's beauty and true potential"725cs produced. ❣️