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The Grinder Pinotage 2012

South Africa’s trump card red, Pinotage, is instantly recognisable, with its distinctive, spicy coffee aroma and sumptuous, rich berry flavours. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it was first bred in South Africa in 1925 and was originally referred to as Hermitage. The French, of course, were not happy with that so it became Pinotage – and a much-loved varietal in its own right. The Grinder is a textbook example of the quality good Pinotage can achieve. The grapes were picked at the last possible minute for optimum ripeness (and that lovely velvety texture) from three premium vineyard sites. But the first thing you’ll notice is the wonderful mocha roast coffee bean aroma. Perfect with char-grilled spare ribs and garlicky lamb dishes.