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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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  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2019  Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
      4.3 45 Ratings
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    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 Front Label
      Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
      • TA94
      • JS93
      • D90
      4.6 37 Ratings
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    • Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon 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
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        • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
          • TA93
          • JD92
          • WS90
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        • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Bottle Shot
          Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
            4.4 37 Ratings
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          • Braai Pinotage 2018  Front Label
            Braai Pinotage 2018
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Kanonkop Kadette 2018  Front Label
              Kanonkop Kadette 2018
              Other Red Blends from South Africa
                4.4 9 Ratings
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              • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017  Front Label
                Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
                Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2015 Front Label
                  Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2015
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                  • JD91
                  • TA91
                  • WS91
                  • W&S90
                  4.1 14 Ratings
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                • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Indaba Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from South Africa
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                  • Indaba Mosaic 2019  Front Label
                    Indaba Mosaic 2019
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                      4.8 6 Ratings
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                    • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                      Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017
                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
                      • TA94
                      • RP92
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                    • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                      MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                      • Beaumont Pinotage 2016  Front Label
                        Beaumont Pinotage 2016
                        Pinotage from South Africa
                        • TA90
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                      • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                        Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018
                        Pinotage from South Africa
                          3.2 5 Ratings
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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
                            3.9 29 Ratings
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                          • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
                            Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                            • TA94
                            • D93
                            • RP91
                            4.4 7 Ratings
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                          • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
                            Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                            • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
                              De Toren Z 2016
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                              • TA93
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                            • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                              Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
                              Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
                              • TA93
                              • RP90
                              • WS90
                              4.7 8 Ratings
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                            • Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2016  Front Label
                              Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2016
                              Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                              • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016  Front Label
                                Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016
                                Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
                                • TA91
                                3.9 21 Ratings
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                              • Raats Red Jasper 2016 Front Label
                                Raats Red Jasper 2016
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                                  4.7 11 Ratings
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                                • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2016  Front Label
                                  Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2016
                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                                    4.4 15 Ratings
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