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South African Wine

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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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  • 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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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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
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  • Reyneke Capstone 2013 Front Label
    Reyneke Capstone 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Reyneke Syrah 2015  Front Label
    Reyneke Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2017  Front Label
    Southern Right Pinotage 2017
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • JD90
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2014
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015  Front Label
    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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    • RP91
    4.7 7 Ratings
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