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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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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V94
    • RP93
    • WS93
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V93
    • WS92
    • RP90
    4.6 13 Ratings
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  • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2016  Front Label
    Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WS91
    • RP90
    • WW90
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  • Savage Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Savage Red Blend 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
    • V92
    • RP91
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  • Savage White Blend 2019  Front Label
    Savage White Blend 2019
    Other White Wine from South Africa
    • V93
    • RP91
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
    • WS91
    • RP91
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  • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
    Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • RP90
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • D93
    • RP90
    3.9 13 Ratings
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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
    • TA93
    • JD92
    • WE91
    • WS90
    • RP90
    3.9 15 Ratings
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  • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
    De Toren Z 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA93
    • WE91
    • RP90
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
    • RP90
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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
    4.0 111 Ratings
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  • Black Pearl Oro 2019  Front Label
    Black Pearl Oro 2019
    Other Red Blends from Paarl, South Africa
    • RP89
    4.3 19 Ratings
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  • Alheit Cartology 2017  Front Label
    Alheit Cartology 2017
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
    • TA93
    • D93
    • W&S91
    • RP90
    3.2 12 Ratings
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WS91
    • V91
    • RP91
    4.7 8 Ratings
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  • Alheit Cartology 2018  Front Label
    Alheit Cartology 2018
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
    • WE92
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