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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 Red Jasper 2015 Front Label
    Raats Red Jasper 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • JS92
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  • Tamboerskloof Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Tamboerskloof Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2014 Front Label
    Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2014
    Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Glenelly Lady May 2012  Front Label
    Glenelly Lady May 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • JS92
    • WW92
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  • Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2015  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • JS91
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  • Vilafonte Series C 2015  Front Label
    Vilafonte Series C 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • JS93
    • WS90
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  • Raats Red Jasper 2014 Front Label
    Raats Red Jasper 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • JS92
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  • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2016 Front Label
    Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2016
    Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • JS91
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  • Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2013 Front Label
    Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
    • JS90
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  • Vilafonte Series M 2013 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series M 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • JS95
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2011 Front Label
    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2011
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2013 Front Label
    Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
    • JS92
    4.0 6 Ratings
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  • Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
    • JS90
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  • Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
    • JS90
    3.7 27 Ratings
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  • Ken Forrester Renegade 2012 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Renegade 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • JS90
    4.3 7 Ratings
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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2012  Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2012
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • WS90
    • RP90
    3.8 21 Ratings
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • WS91
    • RP90
    4.4 8 Ratings
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  • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2013 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2013
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • JS90
    4.2 19 Ratings
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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2011 Front Label
    Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • WS92
    • RP92
    • JS90
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  • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA93
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • JS94
    • TA92
    • V91
    4.3 15 Ratings
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  • Anthonij Rupert Optima 2012 Front Label
    Anthonij Rupert Optima 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
    • JS93
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    4.5 8 Ratings
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2013
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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    • JS93
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  • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • JS93
    • TA91
    • V91
    4.1 8 Ratings
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  • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • D92
    • WS90
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