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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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  • Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020  Front Label
      Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020
      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
        De Toren Fusion V 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
        • WS91
        • V91
        • RP91
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      • Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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        • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
          Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
          • V93
          • WS92
          • RP90
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        • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
          Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Spice Route Chakalaka 2016  Front Label
            Spice Route Chakalaka 2016
            Other Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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            • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
              De Toren Z 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
              • TA93
              • WE91
              • RP90
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            • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2016  Front Label
              Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
              • WS91
              • RP90
              • WW90
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            • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
              Meerlust Rubicon 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
              • D93
              • WS90
              • RP90
              4.2 34 Ratings
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            • Barista Pinotage 2020  Front Label
              Barista Pinotage 2020
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019  Front Label
                  Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019
                  Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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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
                    3.7 11 Ratings
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                  • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                    Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2020  Front Label
                      Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2020
                      Pinotage from South Africa
                      • WW89
                      4.7 25 Ratings
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                    • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
                      Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                      • D95
                      4.1 14 Ratings
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                    • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                      Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                      • Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                        Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019
                        Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                        • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                          MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019
                          Pinotage from South Africa
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                          • Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                            Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019
                            Other Red Blends from South Africa
                            • V92
                            3.3 23 Ratings
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                          • Savage Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                            Savage Red Blend 2018
                            Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
                            • V92
                            • RP91
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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
                            3.2 12 Ratings
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                          • Beaumont Pinotage 2017  Front Label
                            Beaumont Pinotage 2017
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                            • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                              Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                              • D93
                              4.0 25 Ratings
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