Today’s wine comes from South Africa. Almost exclusive to that country, Pinotage was created when Pinot Noir was crossed with Cinsault grapes.
On the nose the Tormentoso Pinotage is vegetal, sweet and smoky with a hint of spice. The soft, smooth tannins deliver both plum fruit and a touch of cocoa. This is a medium-bodied and soft wine that settles into leather and dark fruit. It has many characteristics of a Pinot Noir and in this case, it is 87% Pinot Noir and 13% Shiraz. Aged for six months in both French and American oak lends to those soft tannins.
This is a soft and lush red wine that has the smoky traits of a Pinot Noir and mature fruit of a Cabernet. This versatile red would pair nicely with both spicy and sweet dishes like curry or Mediterranean roasted or sautéed vegetables. Since it isn’t too bold or spicy a red, drinking it with a wedge of cheese or a bite of chocolate would be enjoyable. Priced moderately between $12-15, this is a lovely wine for many meals and occasions.