Tasting less like any of the two grapes that make it up, you will experience a wine that has more characteristics of a Shiraz with deep dark fruits and tobacco.
Pinotage started in the 1920s when a wine producer wanted to make a grape that grew as well as Cinsault, but had the characteristics of Pinot Noir. The result was something he did not expect.
The grape and wine that resulted was far darker than anticipated and little was known about how to best cultivate the crop. Irrespective of this fact, the grape was planted all over South Africa, was poorly bottled, and underwhelmed the international community until the last 20 or so years.
Quite frankly, until recently, Pinotage was sort of a joke among wine drinkers. This is changing and there are number of good, well-balanced Pinotages on the market.
This wine pairs well with big flavored foods. It goes exceptionally well with Barbecue and Korean dishes. Leather, dark current, and Hoisin are all prominent flavors of Pinotage.