Preparing for International Pinotage Day on 12 October – Barista 2020 Pinotage

In the unique world of creating distinctive wines, winemaker Bertus Fourie is a legend. He earned the nickname ‘Starbucks’ for his exceptional skill in producing the coffee-flavoured Barista Pinotage.

With a string of degrees in microbiology, chemistry and oenology, as well as various business qualifications, Bertus was Cellar Master and Viticulturist at Diemersfontein and later Senior Winemaker at KWV.

Bertus developed Barista in conjunction with Vinimark The Wine Company, South Africa’s largest independent wine wholesaler.

Rich Coffee

Mulberry and Chocolate.
Marachino Cherry. Plum.

The Barista Pinotage burst with intense rich coffee and chocolate aromas with nuances of ripe mulberry, plum and Maraschino cherries. The sweet aroma of vanilla follows through on the palate and melds with soft, luscious tannins. The grapes that go into each bottle of Barista wine are picked optimally ripe during mid-February, with different batches treated in various ways.

Why have we called this extraordinary wine “Barista”? Well, the term barista refers to people who specialise in making espresso-based coffees, so naming their unique Coffee Pinotage “Barista” is most appropriate.

There’s even something called “barista art”, where the frothy cap of your cappuccino is decorated with intricate coffee-powder images in the shape of leaves, flowers, birds or abstract patterns. The skill and technique that goes into the creation of Barista wines requires just as much dedication to the craft, and the results are made clear from the very first sip.


From Start to Finish.

They optimise selected batches of grapes for colour, then take them back to the skins for alcoholic fermentation. Some of the batches are pressed immediately to be fermented on oak. This ensures the rich, dark coffee aromas that make Barista so distinctive.

Other batches are fermented conventionally on the skins and pumped over vigorously during the course of alcoholic fermentation, to be racked and pressed directly into French Oak for the completion of fermentation.


Pinot Noir and Hermitage.

In 1925, the then-Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University, Abraham Perold, had the idea to create a proudly South African cultivar. He crossbred Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (known as Hermitage in South Africa), and Pinotage was the result.

Pinotage went on to become a South African favourite. New-generation Pinotage wines are deep red and smoky, with bramble and earth flavours, often with tropical fruity notes.

Tasting Notes here:

Food & Wine match:  Perfect with everything! It has been listed in several restaurants as an accompaniment to different meats, rich, creamy casseroles and even the most controversial, desserts. Bertus’ favourite remains a blue cheese-filled brandy snap, with Belgian chocolate and roasted coffee beans….. lekker. Drink this wine on its own or with seared duck breast, crispy pork belly or you favourite pizza.

To date, some styles of commercially-priced Pinotage have not been received well by buyers, consumers & the wine press.

100% Pinotage grapes from the Robertson area.  In our experience the Pinotage grapes produced from dark, deep red soils, usually Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils, yield the grapes with the perfect parameters for this style of wine Different batches were treated in various ways.  Certain batches were put through the “flash pasteurization” process to optimize colour and then taken back to the skins for alcoholic fermentation. Some of the batches were pasteurized, and pressed immediately to be fermented on oak to ensure the rich, dark coffee aromas.  Other batches were fermented conventionally on the skins and pumped over vigorously during the course of alcoholic fermentation, to be racked and pressed directly into French oak for the completion of fermentation.

All the wine completed malolactic fermentation on French oak, after which it was stabilized.

Rated “Best wines under R200 right now” on Vivino.


Call: Tel. +27 (0)21 883 8043


About Vinimark Wines

Their passion for wine is unmatched. Since the founder, Tim Rands, formed Vinimark in 1985, they’ve offered an uncompromising dedication to service excellence and unwavering enthusiasm for wines.

This has seen them become the largest independent wine specialist company in South Africa, marketing, distributing and selling more than 50 of our country’s best-known wine brands.

Their success lies in the fact that they’re focused solely on the wine category. This single-mindedness has allowed them to gain extensive wine industry operational, distribution, marketing and sales experience. They couple our creative excellence, foresight and business acumen with an extensive and dynamic wine portfolio.

Headquartered in Stellenbosch, they have regional sales management, warehousing and administration teams in the major centres, offering a professional and nationwide footprint and service.

They strive to promote a culture of responsible wine consumption as part of the enjoyment of life. Their founder’s enthusiasm for wine and dedication to service excellence is entrenched in our culture and we aim, with the support of their suppliers, to continue in this vein for many years to come.

Posy & Jeremy Hazell

Public Relations and Wine Consultants

Tel: 021 851 1563

Posy: 082 557 2968 and

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