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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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  • Vilafonte Series C 2014 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series C 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP94
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  • Glenelly Lady May 2014  Front Label
    Glenelly Lady May 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Southern Right Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Beaumont Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Beaumont Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Savage Follow the Line Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Savage Follow the Line Red Blend 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Spice Route Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Spice Route Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2014
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
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  • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP90
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  • Sadie Family Treinspoor 2014 Front Label
    Sadie Family Treinspoor 2014
    Other Red Wine from South Africa
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  • Lismore Estate Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Lismore Estate Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Savage Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Savage Red Blend 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2014 Front Label
    Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • RP91
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Reyneke Capstone 2014 Front Label
    Reyneke Capstone 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Vilafonte Series M 2014  Front Label
    Vilafonte Series M 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP90
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