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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
    • V93
    • WS92
    • RP90
    4.6 13 Ratings
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  • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
      3.9 27 Ratings
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    • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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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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      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
        • WS91
        • RP91
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      • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2018  Front Label
        Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
          5.0 9 Ratings
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        • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
          • D93
          4.0 26 Ratings
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        • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018  Front Label
          Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
          • D91
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        • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018  Front Label
          Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
          • WS90
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        • Excelsior Syrah 2018  Front Bottle Shot
          Excelsior Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
            3.8 32 Ratings
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          • Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
            Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018
            Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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            • Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
              • D91
              4.3 25 Ratings
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            • Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from South Africa
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              • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018
                Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
                • D92
                3.8 17 Ratings
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              • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
                • D93
                • V91
                4.5 28 Ratings
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              • Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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                • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2018  Front Label
                  Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2018
                  Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                  • Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018  Front Label
                    Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018
                    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Elgin, South Africa
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                      • Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                        Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018
                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                        • V89
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                      • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                        Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2018
                        Other Red Blends from South Africa
                        • TA93
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                      • Alheit Cartology 2018  Front Label
                        Alheit Cartology 2018
                        Other White Blends from South Africa
                        • RP93
                        • WE92
                        0.0 0 Ratings
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