Pinotage is a red wine variety which was bred in South Africa from a cross between the red wine varieties Pinot Noir and Cinsaut.
The truth is that it can be used to make truly unpleasant wines, or some very good wines, or in fact plenty of ordinary stuff in between.
The cross was made to try to combine the wine quality of Pinot Noir with the high yielding ability of Cinsaut.
Good Pinotage wines are very good. They retain, or maybe constrain, the wild rich flavours to make lighter red styles or sometimes deep rich reds.
Two problems which detract from quality in this variety are over-aggressive tannins and volatile acidity.
Pinotage is also used to make Port style wines, sparkling wines, roses and sometimes as a component of blended white wines.
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