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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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  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2016  Front Label
    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2016
    Other Dessert from South Africa
    • D97
    • JS96
    • RP94
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  • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Meerlust Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • D93
    • WS90
    • RP90
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  • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique  Front Label
    Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
    • TA91
    • D90
    • RP90
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • D93
    • RP90
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  • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
    Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • D95
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
    • TA93
    • D93
    • W&S91
    • RP90
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  • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
    • D93
    • V91
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  • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
    Graham Beck Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from South Africa
    • TA91
    • D90
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  • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
    • D93
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  • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018  Front Label
    Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
    • D91
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  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
    • D92
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  • Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
    • D91
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  • Raats Red Jasper 2017  Front Label
    Raats Red Jasper 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • D93
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  • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2020  Front Label
    Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2020
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • D91
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