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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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  • Cederberg Shiraz 2007 Front Label
    Cederberg Shiraz 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    • Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2007 Front Label
      Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2007
      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    • Raats Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
      Raats Chenin Blanc 2007
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2007
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007 Front Label
        Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007
        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Painted Wolf Red Cape Blend 2007 Front Label
        Painted Wolf Red Cape Blend 2007
        Other Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Guardian Peak Merlot 2007 Front Label
        Guardian Peak Merlot 2007
        Merlot from South Africa
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      • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
        Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Rustenberg John X Merriman 2007 Front Label
          Rustenberg John X Merriman 2007
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Meerlust Chardonnay 2007 Front Label
            Meerlust Chardonnay 2007
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Ken Forrester Renegade 2007 Front Label
            Ken Forrester Renegade 2007
            Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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          • De Toren Fusion V 2007 Front Label
            De Toren Fusion V 2007
            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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            • Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay 2007 Front Label
              Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay 2007
              Chardonnay from South Africa
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            • Solms Astor Langarm 2007 Front Label
              Solms Astor Langarm 2007
              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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            • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
              Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2007
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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            • MAN Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
              MAN Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Kanonkop Pinotage 2007 Front Label
                Kanonkop Pinotage 2007
                Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Le Bonheur Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
                Le Bonheur Sauvignon Blanc 2007
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                • Goats do Roam In Villages Red 2007 Front Label
                  Goats do Roam In Villages Red 2007
                  Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Fairview Shiraz 2007 Front Label
                  Fairview Shiraz 2007
                  Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                • Goats do Roam Rose 2007 Front Label
                  Goats do Roam Rose 2007
                  Rosé from South Africa
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                  • Excelsior Chardonnay 2007 Front Label
                    Excelsior Chardonnay 2007
                    Chardonnay from South Africa
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                    • Black Pearl Oro 2007 Front Label
                      Black Pearl Oro 2007
                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                      • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
                        Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2007
                        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
                        Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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