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Watch: The making of a legendary South African wine

Pinotage enjoys the reputation as South Africa’s signature grape variety - and a true proudly South African first.

30 Aug 2017

Developed in 1925 by viticulturist Professor Abraham Perold, at the University of Stellenbosch, Pinotage is a cross between two premium French grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Good Pinotage treats the palate and nose to berry like tastes and smells, its a rich fruity wine with distinctive smokey flavours that ages well. Winemakers who get it right are able to create different types of wines with this versatile grape – from the light and easy drinking to rich barrel-aged Pinotage. Some have even innovated with flavour combinations, creating the new coffee-style Pinotage.

Bertus Fourie is one of these winemakers with a love for Pinotage and a taste for unique combinations. With a long history of winemaking and a stellar reputation, he is still passionate about the industry and exploring the endless possibilities in winemaking.

Watch as we explore the making of Pinotage:

Barista Pinotage is a distinctive wine that has flavours of coffee accompanying the delicious dark fruit and subtle spicy notes making it very moreish. We suggest you buy a bottle (or two or three) to enjoy on International Pinotage Day which takes place on the 7th October. Enter our competition here and stand to win Le Creuset cookware and cases of Barista wines.


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