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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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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • Waterford Shiraz 2003 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2006 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Mulderbosch Shiraz 2004 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Fairview Shiraz 2008 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Excelsior Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Excelsior Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2012 Front Label
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  • Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Michael Ian 2002 Front Label
    Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Michael Ian 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Shiraz 2011 Front Label
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  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015 Front Label
    Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2012 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2009
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