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I didn’t used to like Pinotage much. Until I tasted some really great ones that is.

Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety. Pinotage was originally created when Professor Perold merged Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) grapes in 1925. Pinotage is now planted in other countries, but the origin of Pinotage is South African, and the best examples of Pinotage wine have achieved international success.

The ABSA Top 10 competition is organised by the Pinotage Association with the aim of advancing and promoting Pinotage wine.  The annual competition identifies ten Pinotage wines that will serve as the benchmark for the development of Pinotage and showcase the uniqueness of Pinotage internationally.

See the Pinotage Association for more information.

Pintoage Aroma wheel developed by Dr Johann Marais:

For further information contact Dr Johann Marais at maraisj@arc.agric.za.

I intend to work my way through this list…

The List of ABSA Top 10 winners for 2012

  • Altydgedacht Estate Pinotage 2011 (Durbanville)
  • Diemersdal Estate Pinotage 2011 (Durbanville)
  • Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Pinotage 2011 (Durbanville)
  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2009 (Swartland)
  • Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage 2008 (Tulbagh)
  • Simonsig Estate Redhill Pinotage 2010 (Stellenbosch)
  • Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2010 (Stellenbosch)
  • Swartland Bush Vines Pinotage 2010 (Swartland)
  • Wellington Wines La Cave Pinotage 2010 (Wellington)
  • Windmeul Reserve Pinotage 2011 (Paarl)

Other wines that made the list of 20 from which the Absa Top 10 winners were chosen:

  • Beaumont Pinotage 2010 (Bot River)
  • Delheim Pinotage 2011 (Stellenbosch)
  • Fairview Pinotage 2011 (Costal Region)
  • KWV Cathedral Cellar Pinotage 2009 (Western Cape)
  • Mount Vernon Three Peaks Pinotage 2011 (Paarl Simonsberg)
  • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2010 (Coastal Region)
  • Riebeek Cellars Reserve Pinotage 2011 (Swartland)
  • Rijk’s Reserve Pinotage 2008 (Tulbagh)
  • Springfontein Jonathan’s Ridge Pinotage 2009 (Walker Bay)
  • Tukulu Pinotage 2009 (Darling)

Enjoy them!

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