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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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    Meerlust Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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    • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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    • Crystallum Wines Cuvee Cinema Pinot Noir 2011  Front Label
      Crystallum Wines Cuvee Cinema Pinot Noir 2011
      Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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      • Catherine Marshall Wines White Label Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
        Catherine Marshall Wines White Label Pinot Noir 2011
        Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
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        • La Vierge La Vierge Noir Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
          La Vierge La Vierge Noir Pinot Noir 2011
          Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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          • Newton Johnson Wines Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
            Newton Johnson Wines Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2011
            Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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            • Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
              Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2011
              Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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              • Cabriere Franschhoek Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                Cabriere Franschhoek Pinot Noir 2011
                Pinot Noir from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                • Nabygelegen Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                  Nabygelegen Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2011
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                  • Vriesenhof Vineyards Paradyskloof Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                    Vriesenhof Vineyards Paradyskloof Pinot Noir 2011
                    Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Sumaridge Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                      Sumaridge Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2011
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                      • Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                        Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir 2011
                        Pinot Noir from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                        • Fryer's Cove Bamboes Bay Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                          Fryer's Cove Bamboes Bay Pinot Noir 2011
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                          • Muratie George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                            Muratie George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2011
                            Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Stark-Conde Pepin Conde Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                              Stark-Conde Pepin Conde Pinot Noir 2011
                              Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
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                              • Avontuur Estate Minelli Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                                Avontuur Estate Minelli Pinot Noir 2011
                                Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                • The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                                  The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
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                                  • Newton Johnson Wines Felicite Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                                    Newton Johnson Wines Felicite Pinot Noir 2011
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                                    • Oak Valley Estates Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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                                      • Strandveld First Sighting Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                                        Strandveld First Sighting Pinot Noir 2011
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                                        • Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                                          Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir 2011
                                          Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
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