Somerbosch bottle

Somerbosch

Pinotage, 2015

Pinotage is a red grape beloved in South Africa, where it was invented almost a century ago when Pinot Noir was crossed with Cinsaut (also called Hermitage). The grape is easy to grow, and can be used to make reds that are big and rich or light and bright. At family-run Somerbosch, owned by third-generation farming brothers Marius and Japie Roux, they aim for a middle ground—a Pinotage that’s both savory and fruity for maximum food-pairing possibilities.

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Somerbosch Pinotage is a gold-standard South African red—it perfectly balances bright fruit flavors with savory notes. Many Pinotages tilt too far toward either fruity or savory.

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APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with magenta edges
APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with magenta edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Red cherry
Coffee beans
Chocolate
Plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

Extended maceration—allowing the grape skins, pulp and seeds to steep after fermentation helped enhance this wine’s fruity aromas.

This Pinotage is a gold-standard South African red: it perfectly balances bright fruit flavors with savory notes.

Uncork a fruity, savory red to match the flavor of the spicy-sweet black bean paste that's present in every bite.

A fruity red with a savory bite will add an extra kick to the dish's cheesy, smoky spicy three-punch combo. Layer it on!

The dish's vegetal flavor is its backbone, so uncork a red with a savory note to match—plus fruitiness to match the salsa verde.

A fruity red with a savory bite to it is a perfect match for the dish's bright tomato and collard greens, respectively.

A red with fruity and savory flavors will complement the dish's earthy miso flavor without getting overpowered by the burger.

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More About The Wine

Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town, is South Africa’s most prestigious wine region. Die Fonteine farm, in the shadow of Helderberg Mountain, sees warm summers tempered by cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean that slow ripening and preserve the grapes’ zestiness—a refreshing character you don’t typically find in Pinotage.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1925 Abraham Perold, Stellenbosch University’s first viticulture professor, crossed Pinot Noir with Cinsaut to create Pinotage. Commercial plantings began 20 years later.

  • VARIETY
    Pinotage
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Die Fonteine Farm
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.4%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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