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The world’s Top Red Varietal is South Africa’s Pinotage

The 2009 ‘Decanter’ World Wine Awards this year attracted 10,285 entries, cementing it as the world’s biggest wine competition. The results were announced during the first week of September, and the International Trophy for Top Red Single Varietal over £10 was awarded to the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006.

It is an historical moment for the South African wine industry as this country’s homegrown red wine cultivar Pinotage delivered the wine that was chosen as the best single varietal red wine out of all the wines entered from all over the world. It also happened at a very appropriate time, as the very first award ever received by a Pinotage wine was exactly 50 years ago, when the Pinotage from Bellevue Estate received the Genl. Smuts trophy as the best young wine in South Africa.

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The pleasure of drinking Pinotage!

Someone once said to me…..
The most important reason to drink Pinotage is because it is enjoyable. Another is that it is red.
Somebody once said that the first duty of wine is to be red. That it has health benefits when consumed in moderation is a bonus. Study after study has shown that the moderate consumption . . . → Read More: The pleasure of drinking Pinotage!

Simonsig succeeds with twosome on the 2009 CWG Auction hotlist!

Simonsig winemaker Johan Malan, has landed a double act at the 2009 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, with two of his red wines making it onto this year’s hotlist – a Pinotage and a Shiraz.

His remarkable duo, specially crafted for this year’s repertoire of rare auction wines to go under the hammer on 3 October this . . . → Read More: Simonsig succeeds with twosome on the 2009 CWG Auction hotlist!

Wines of South Africa

South Africa has many fantastic varieties of wine but can claim her own grape variety in the Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsault). Pinotage first came about in 1925 by Dr. Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch!

South Africa is also notable as the second home of . . . → Read More: Wines of South Africa