To identify an unfavourable quality Pinotage, it will smell very pungent and sharp. It will taste like burnt tar due to being over- extracted, which is a process where wine spends too long on the skins and seeds.
Pinotage is created with a variety of flavours including rooibos, dried leaves, bacon, sweet and sour sauce, hoisin and sweet pipe tobacco. This wine can be considered quite bold with a sweet note. This wine also has aromas of plum, berry, tropical fruit and red fruit.
Planning on hosting a wine and cheese tasting evening? Pair Pinotage with Gouda cheese, Cheddar cheese or Gruyère cheese, which complement the smoky flavours of this wine.
Every year Pinotage is celebrated at the Pinotage on Tap wine festival at Diemersfontein Wine Estate. This event allows guests to enjoy different variations of this South African wine paired with complimentary tasters and to enjoy the atmosphere of like-minded fans.