Pinotage N
Name of vine variety in France
This variety was obtained by A.I. Perold (South Africa) in 1925 and results from the crossbreeding between Pinot noir N and Cinsaut N.
In France, Pinotage N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" since November 2012.
Wine vine variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
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Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoot have a moderate to heavy coat of flat-lying hairs,
- young leaves are green,
- adult leves are wedge-shaped, 5-lobed, with an open U-shaped petiole sinus with the presence of 1 tooth; open lateral sinuses frequently with 1 tooth at bottom, short teeth, straight sides, leaf blade wavy between the veins, finely bubbled and the underside with a sparse coat of flat-lying and upright hairs,
- clearly elliptical-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 239 176 194 240 248 216 239
Allel 2 149 236 247 182 204 246 248 227 261
Bud burst: 3 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 2 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Pinotage N has moderate vigor. It is rather fertile and productive and can be managed short pruned. Shoot growth is upright but this variety is rather sensitive to wind and thus should be trellised.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Pinotage N is not particularly sensitive to fungal diseases.
Technological potential
Pinotage N grape clusters are small to moderate size, cylindrical, large and compact with a short stalk.  The berries are likewise small to moderate in size. This variety can produce rather full-bodied wines, very typical with a particular aromatic character. It is sometimes used to make rosé wine and even natural sweet wine.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Pinotage N clone carries the number 1186.
Bibliographic references
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Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
1186  Hérault  IFV        
 2012  Languedoc        
         distinctive wines of the vine variety