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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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  • Sadie Family Columella 2012 Front Label
    Sadie Family Columella 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Guardian Peak Shiraz 2012 Front Label
    Guardian Peak Shiraz 2012
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    • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Rudi Schultz Syrah 2012
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    • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Shiraz 2012 Front Label
      Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Shiraz 2012
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      • Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2012 Front Label
        Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2012
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        • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2012 Front Label
          Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2012
          Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2012 Front Label
          Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2012
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          • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012
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          • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2012 Front Label
            Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2012
            Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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          • Excelsior Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Excelsior Syrah 2012
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            • Tokara Shiraz 2012 Front Label
              Tokara Shiraz 2012
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              • Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Shiraz 2012
                Syrah/Shiraz from Robertson, South Africa
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                • Noble Hill Wine Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
                  Noble Hill Wine Estate Syrah 2012
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                  • Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2012 Front Label
                    Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2012
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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                    • Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                      Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2012
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                      • Keermont Steepside Syrah 2012 Front Label
                        Keermont Steepside Syrah 2012
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                        • Hartenberg Doorkeeper Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                          Hartenberg Doorkeeper Shiraz 2012
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                          • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                            Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Shiraz 2012
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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                            • Joostenberg Syrah 2012 Front Label
                              Joostenberg Syrah 2012
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                              • The Liberator The Francophile Syrah 2012 Front Label
                                The Liberator The Francophile Syrah 2012
                                Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                • Koopmanskloof Wingerde Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                                  Koopmanskloof Wingerde Shiraz 2012
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                                  • Vrede en Lust Syrah 2012 Front Label
                                    Vrede en Lust Syrah 2012
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                                    • Solms Delta Africana Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                                      Solms Delta Africana Shiraz 2012
                                      Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                                      • Cape Dreams Shiraz 2012 Front Label
                                        Cape Dreams Shiraz 2012
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