Pinotage is a true South African varietal. In 1925 Prof. Perold, of Stellenbosch University, cultivated this cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut). The idea to try and extrapolate the best qualities of both cultivars and create something that suits the South African climate. His experiment is a resounding success with Pinotage today being planted in other New World wine countries around the world. The cross has created an enduring cultivar celebrated domestically and abroad.
Stellenbosch produces some of the most iconic examples of the cultivar and being born here is also the first wine growing region where the cultivar was commercially planted and produced. After a slow start initially, Pinotage has become a household cultivar across South Africa.
The Goede Hoop Cellar, built in 1935, still uses its original cement tanks and “Kuipe” (Open top cement fermenters) to commercially produce all of our red wines. It has always been important to remain true to our roots, to produce smaller quantities of high-quality wine that celebrate this unique style of wine making.
Pinotage does especially well on Goede Hoop. With our slightly warmer Stellenbosch climate produces ripe fruit during harvest. This in tandem with our traditional wine making methods and 24-month second fill barrel maturation, produces a hearty full-bodied wine. Packed with flavour yet smooth and approachable due to the bottle maturation. Like all of the Red Wines in the Goede Hoop range we have bottle matured the Pinotage for almost four years before its release to ensure the balance between drinkability and aging potential. The wine should easily be capable of spending another 5-15 years in the bottle if stored correctly.
The 2015 Pinotage offers a characteristic nose of banana and dark berry fruit with plum undertones. A perfect much for hearty dishes like stews, pies or hard cheeses.