Pinotage is the red grape varietal of South Africa. In fact it was essentially created for South Africa in the 1920s by blending Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The idea was to get the lightness and aromatics of Pinot Noir and the heat-hardiness of Cinsault. Since then it has become the trademark red grape varietal of South Africa. It has been over the last couple of decades that producers are now starting to really create beautiful varietal wines that have a wide range of red and black fruit flavours.