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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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  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • MAN Family Wines Shiraz 2013 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Shiraz 2013
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    • Excelsior Syrah 2013 Front Label
      Excelsior Syrah 2013
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      • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2013 Front Label
        Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Tokara Shiraz 2013 Front Label
        Tokara Shiraz 2013
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        • Guardian Peak Shiraz 2013 Front Label
          Guardian Peak Shiraz 2013
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          • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Shiraz 2013 Front Label
            Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Shiraz 2013
            Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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            • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Rudi Schultz Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz 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
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            • Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013
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              • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                • Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                • Protea Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                  Protea Shiraz 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                  • Vondeling Wines Baldrick Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                    Vondeling Wines Baldrick Shiraz 2013
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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                    • Vrede en Lust Casey's Ridge Syrah 2013 Front Label
                      Vrede en Lust Casey's Ridge Syrah 2013
                      Syrah/Shiraz from Elgin, South Africa
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                      • Fairview Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                        Fairview Shiraz 2013
                        Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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                        • Black Elephant Vinters Nicholas Red 2013 Front Label
                          Black Elephant Vinters Nicholas Red 2013
                          Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                          • Muratie 1685 Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                            Muratie 1685 Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2013
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2013 Front Label
                              Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2013
                              Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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                              • Carmen Stevens Angels Reserve Shiraz 2013  Front Label
                                Carmen Stevens Angels Reserve Shiraz 2013
                                Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                                • Pulpit Rock Winery Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                                  Pulpit Rock Winery Shiraz 2013
                                  Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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                                  • Mullineux Family Wines Iron Syrah 2013 Front Label
                                    Mullineux Family Wines Iron Syrah 2013
                                    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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                                    • Chateau Andreas Andreas Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                                      Chateau Andreas Andreas Shiraz 2013
                                      Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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                                      • Boschkloof Syrah 2013 Front Label
                                        Boschkloof Syrah 2013
                                        Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                        • Six Hats Shiraz 2013 Front Label
                                          Six Hats Shiraz 2013
                                          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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