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Cinsault is an ancient red wine grape variety that is believed to have its origins in the Hérault region, which is part of Languedoc in southern France. It has a dark-skin and very aromatic and light style, traditionally is used as a blending companion to the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre to add softness, very rarely to be seen as a monovarietal. In South Africa, the grape was formerly known as Hermitage and when in 1925 the South African professor Abraham Izak Perold crossed Cinsault with Pinot Noir and named it Pinotage, currently the country's signature red wine. It has found a home as well in Marocco where is largely planted, Tunisia and Lebanon.

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