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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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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2013
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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    • Rainbow's End Estate Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
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      • Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
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        • Raka Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
          Raka Cabernet Franc 2013
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          • The Liberator Episode 5 Old Breton 2013 Front Label
            The Liberator Episode 5 Old Breton 2013
            Cabernet Franc from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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            • de Trafford Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
              de Trafford Cabernet Franc 2013
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              • Lynx Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
                Lynx Cabernet Franc 2013
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                • Rainbow's End Estate Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
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                  • Ormonde Ondine Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
                    Ormonde Ondine Cabernet Franc 2013
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