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Pinotage – Our Signature Red

Rijks Private Cellar PinotageJohn Lewis, in Australia’s Newcastle Herald on May 12, has an interesting piece on the Pinotage produced by the Kirkby Topper’s Mountain winery, in the New England wine region.

The article is more about Kirkby than Pinotage, but it does include this quotable quote (albeit somewhat dated given the attention our local Pinotages have received in the last few years):

Pinotage is a hardy variety that is often scorned as being coarse with ‘‘a flamboyantly sweetish, paint-like pungency’’ and ‘‘either South Africa’s signature red or its worst vinous ambassador’’.

If you’re interested in some good examples of great South African Pinotage – our “signature red”, try the following from the SAWi Grand Wines Collection:
Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage | Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve | Doolhof Signatures of Doolhof Pinotage | Kaapzicht Estate Steytler Pinotage | Kanonkop Estate Pinotage | Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage | Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage