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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • MAN Vintners Shiraz 2017  Front Label
    MAN Vintners Shiraz 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2017
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Indaba Mosaic 2018  Front Label
        Indaba Mosaic 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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          • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Indaba Merlot 2018
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Indaba Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Indaba Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from South Africa
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              • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                  Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Meerlust Rubicon 2015 Front Label
                  Meerlust Rubicon 2015
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                  • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                    Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017
                    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                      Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2018
                      Other Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                      • Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2018 Front Label
                        Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2018
                        Rosé from South Africa
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                      • Sadie Family Treinspoor 2016 Front Label
                        Sadie Family Treinspoor 2016
                        Other Red Wine from Swartland, South Africa
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                      • De Toren Fusion V 2016 Front Label
                        De Toren Fusion V 2016
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                        Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Excelsior Syrah 2017  Front Label
                        Excelsior Syrah 2017
                        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                        • Raats Red Jasper 2016 Front Label
                          Raats Red Jasper 2016
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                          • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                            Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                            • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013  Front Label
                              Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013
                              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                              • Chamonix Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                                Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
                                Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                              • MAN Vintners Pinotage 2017 Front Label
                                MAN Vintners Pinotage 2017
                                Pinotage from South Africa
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                                • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                                  Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018
                                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                                  • Braai Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                                    Braai Pinotage 2018
                                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                                    • Goats do Roam Rose 2019  Front Label
                                      Goats do Roam Rose 2019
                                      Rosé from South Africa
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