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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 2013 Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2013
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
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  • Vilafonte Series M 2013 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series M 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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  • Spice Route Chakalaka 2013 Front Label
    Spice Route Chakalaka 2013
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • RP89
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  • Glenelly Lady May 2013  Front Label
    Glenelly Lady May 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WE93
    • RP92
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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013  Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • RP90
    3.8 22 Ratings
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2013 Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP92
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  • Cape Point Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Cape Point Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
    • RP92
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  • Vilafonte Series C 2013 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series C 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
    • WS91
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  • Storm Pinot Noir Moya's 2013 Front Label
    Storm Pinot Noir Moya's 2013
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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    • WS92
    • RP90
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Straw Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Straw Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Other Dessert from South Africa
    • RP96
    • WE95
    • WS93
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  • Sadie Family Palladius 2013 Front Label
    Sadie Family Palladius 2013
    Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
    • WS94
    • RP93
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  • Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • RP89
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  • Raats Red Jasper 2013 Front Label
    Raats Red Jasper 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP92
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    • WE90
    3.9 11 Ratings
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  • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2013 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2013
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP91
    • JS90
    4.2 19 Ratings
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  • De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • RP92
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2013 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2013
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • RP92
    • WS90
    • WE90
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  • Reyneke Capstone 2013 Front Label
    Reyneke Capstone 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • RP93
    • JD92
    4.6 5 Ratings
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2013
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WS90
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • D91
    • WS90
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  • Savage White Blend 2013 Front Label
    Savage White Blend 2013
    Other White Wine from South Africa
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Mulderbosch Block S2 Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Block S2 Chenin Blanc 2013
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • WS92
    • RP90
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  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2013 Front Label
    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2013
    Other Dessert from South Africa
    • RP96
    • JS95
    • WS94
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • TP93
    • WS93
    • RP92
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