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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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  • Glenelly Lady May 2012  Front Label
    Glenelly Lady May 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Ken Forrester Renegade 2012 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Renegade 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
      Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2012
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2012 Front Label
        Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2012
        Other Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Sadie Family Columella 2012 Front Label
        Sadie Family Columella 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
        Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2012 Front Label
          Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Meerlust Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
          Meerlust Chardonnay 2012
          Chardonnay from South Africa
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        • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
          Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2012
          Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Glenelly Grand Vin Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
            Glenelly Grand Vin Chardonnay 2012
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Helderberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
            Helderberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2012 Front Label
              Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2012
              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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              • Neil Ellis Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
                Neil Ellis Chardonnay 2012
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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              • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Front Label
                Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2012
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                • House Of Mandela The Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Front Label
                  House Of Mandela The Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2012
                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Guardian Peak Frontier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Guardian Peak Frontier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                      Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Rust en Vrede Merlot 2012 Front Label
                        Rust en Vrede Merlot 2012
                        Merlot from South Africa
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                        • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                          Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012
                          Pinotage from South Africa
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                            Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2012
                            Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                            • Thelema Mountain Red 2012 Front Label
                              Thelema Mountain Red 2012
                              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                              • Sadie Family Palladius 2012 Front Label
                                Sadie Family Palladius 2012
                                Other White Blends from South Africa
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                              • Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2012 Front Label
                                Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2012
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                              • Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2012
                                Pinotage from South Africa
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