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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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    Goats do Roam Bored Doe 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2005 Front Label
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    • Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2005 Front Label
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    • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2005 Front Label
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    • Ernie Els Signature 2005 Front Label
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    • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2005 Front Label
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    • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2005 Front Label
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    • Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Kallista 2005 Front Label
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      • Stellekaya Orion 2005 Front Label
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        • Le Bonheur Estate Prima 2005 Front Label
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          • Elgin Vintners Agama 2005 Front Label
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            • Morgenhof Wine Estate Red 2005 Front Label
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              • Dombeya Wines Samara Red 2005 Front Label
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                • Goedverwacht Wine Estate Triangle 2005 Front Label
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                  • Vondeling Wines Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2005 Front Label
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                    • Morgenster Red 2005 Front Label
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                      • Springfontein Wine Estate Walker Bay Red 2005 Front Label
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                        • Camberley Philosopher's Stone 2005 Front Label
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                            • Le Riche Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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