Pinotage is the one grape varietal that South Africa can lay full claim to, originating in 1924 when Abraham Izak Perold, a professor of viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, was inspired to cross Pinot Noir with the more widely planted Cinsault. This resulted in a hardy, resilient variety that could produce wines of deep colour and good structure. Some loved it, others were less enthusiastic, but over the years viti- and vinicultural refinement has now firmly placed Pinotage as one of the country’s most popular wines.
Pinotage is a socialite when given the chance, and its medium to full-bodied nature makes it easy to pair with almost any good food you can think of. Just like golfers need to adapt to the challenges of different golf courses, The 19th Pinotage will adapt well to anything from a hearty bean soup, to sushi and sashimi, curries, venison, pork and all types of barbequed meats.
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