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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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  • Goats do Roam Rose 2011 Front Label
    Goats do Roam Rose 2011
    Rosé from South Africa
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    • The Beachhouse Pinot Grigio 2011 Front Label
      The Beachhouse Pinot Grigio 2011
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from South Africa
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      • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2011 Front Label
        Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
        MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2011
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2011
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • Mulderbosch Rose 2011 Front Label
          Mulderbosch Rose 2011
          Rosé from South Africa
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        • Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2011
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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          • Indaba Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
            Indaba Chardonnay 2011
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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            • Jam Jar Sweet White 2011 Front Label
              Jam Jar Sweet White 2011
              Other White Blends from South Africa
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              • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2011 Front Label
                Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2011
                Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                • Jam Jar Moscato 2011 Front Label
                  Jam Jar Moscato 2011
                  Muscat from South Africa
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                • Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                  Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Constantia Glen Three 2011 Front Label
                  Constantia Glen Three 2011
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Constantia, South Africa
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                • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2011 Front Label
                  Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2011
                  Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Glenelly Lady May 2011 Front Label
                  Glenelly Lady May 2011
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Essay Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                    Essay Chenin Blanc 2011
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • MAN Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                    MAN Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2011 Front Label
                      Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2011
                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                      • Fleur du Cap Merlot 2011 Front Label
                        Fleur du Cap Merlot 2011
                        Merlot from South Africa
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                        • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                          Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2011 Front Label
                          Neil Ellis Sincerely Shiraz 2011
                          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                          • Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                            Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2011
                            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                          • Savage Red Blend 2011 Front Label
                            Savage Red Blend 2011
                            Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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