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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 Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Spice Route Chakalaka 2016  Front Label
    Spice Route Chakalaka 2016
    Other Red Blends from Swartland, 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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    • Barista Pinotage 2020  Front Label
      Barista Pinotage 2020
      Pinotage from South Africa
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      • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
        Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
          • WS90
          • WW90
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        • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Indaba Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
              Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
              Pinot Noir from South Africa
              • WE93
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            • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
              • WW89
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            • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
              Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
              Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
              • TA95
              • D92
              • V91
              • RP90
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            • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
              Meerlust Rubicon 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
              • D93
              • WS90
              • RP90
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            • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
              Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
              • WE90
              4.0 16 Ratings
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            • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
              Graham Beck Brut Rose
              Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
              • TA91
              • D90
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            • Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                  Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                  • V90
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                • Sadie Family Palladius 2018  Front Label
                  Sadie Family Palladius 2018
                  Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
                  • RP94
                  • V94
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                • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
                  Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
                  Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                  • D95
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                • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                  Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                    Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Rib Shack Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                      Rib Shack Red Blend 2019
                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                      • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                        MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019
                        Pinotage from South Africa
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                        • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
                          De Toren Fusion V 2017
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • V91
                          • RP91
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                        • De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020  Front Label
                          De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020
                          Rosé from South Africa
                          • RP88
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