This is a lovely, soft and generous red wine with flavours of cherries and plums, a touch of spice and a sweet, slight smokey finish.
From the Western Cape, in South Africa. The Acacia Tree, from which this wine is named, is a common sight. Like grape vines, it sinks deep roots into the earth in search of water and nutrients.
Considered the signature grape variety of South Africa, Pinotage is actually a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It retains many of the characteristics of Pinot Noir whilst offering a fuller flavour, sometimes akin to an Australian Shiraz and sometimes showing a cigar box type finish. The Pinotage variety was created in 1924 by a professor of viticulture at Stellenbosch university who was trying to capture the great flavours of Pinot Noir (which is a difficult variety to grow) with the more hardy and fuller varieties of the Rhône. The story doesn't end there as the young seedlings were forgotten until a young lecturer spotted and rescued them and moved them to Elsenburg Agricultural College, where they were ultimately grafted onto stronger rootstock and named Pinotage.
Try this tasty red with any pasta dish, barbecued food, a cheese board or just on its own.