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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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  • 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
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    • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007 Front Label
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    • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
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    • Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
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      • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
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      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
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      • Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay 2007 Front Label
        Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay 2007
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      • Kanonkop Pinotage 2007 Front Label
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        • Fairview Shiraz 2007 Front Label
          Fairview Shiraz 2007
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        • Cederberg Shiraz 2007 Front Label
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          • Black Pearl Oro 2007 Front Label
            Black Pearl Oro 2007
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            • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
              Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2007
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            • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
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              • Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
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              • Glenelly Grand Vin de Glenelly 2007 Front Label
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              • Goats do Roam Rose 2007 Front Label
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                • MAN Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
                  MAN Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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                  • Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
                    Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2007
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                    Mulderbosch Rose 2007
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