Pinotage is given a bad rap. But this is a mistake

Pinotage is often given a bad rap. But this is a mistake. Here are some of the most alluring examples on the market

For some reason, Pinotage has been left in a corner rather like a litter tray that no one wants to admit is still there. This is a mistake. Far from being repellent, I’ve recently tasted excellent examples from across the high street that prove Pinotage is a red wine with outstanding allure. It’s a specialism of South Africa, a crossing of Pinot Noir with Cinsault. 

In years gone by it became associated with aromas of burnt rubber and even filth (not in the good way), but at a recent tasting of Tesco wines I tasted three examples, all focused on quality fruit with warming appeal. I’ve recommended two of them this week – and I’d also pick out Tesco Finest Breede River Valley Pinotage 2018 (13.5%) as a third example that I’d happily drink for £7.50. With this much choice, Pinotage is spot on to spice up your week. 

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