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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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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA94
    • D93
    • RP91
    • WE90
    4.4 7 Ratings
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  • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Meerlust Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • WS90
    • RP90
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  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • RP89
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  • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • TA90
    • RP90
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique  Front Label
    Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
    • TA91
    • D90
    • RP90
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
    • RP90
    • WS90
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  • Badenhorst Family White Blend 2017  Front Label
    Badenhorst Family White Blend 2017
    Rhone White Blends from South Africa
    • RP91
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  • Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2018  Front Label
    Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2018
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • TA91
    • WS90
    • RP89
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  • Tokara Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Tokara Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • RP90
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  • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA94
    • RP92
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  • Reyneke Capstone 2013 Front Label
    Reyneke Capstone 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
    • JD92
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA95
    • RP90
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
    • TA93
    • RP90
    • WS90
    4.8 13 Ratings
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
    • RP90
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