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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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  • Vilafonte Series C 2014 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series C 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Luddite Saboteur 2014 Front Label
    Luddite Saboteur 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walker Bay, South Africa
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  • Chamonix Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Chamonix Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Ken Forrester Renegade 2014  Front Label
      Ken Forrester Renegade 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
      De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2014
      Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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    • Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2014 Front Label
      Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2014
      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Tormentoso Pinotage 2014 Front Label
        Tormentoso Pinotage 2014
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
          Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay 2014
          Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2014 Front Label
          Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2014
          Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Jam Jar Sweet White 2014 Front Label
          Jam Jar Sweet White 2014
          Other White Blends from South Africa
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          • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014 Front Label
            Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
            • RP90
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          • De Toren Z 2014 Front Label
            De Toren Z 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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            • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Neil Ellis Sincerely Chardonnay 2014  Front Label
                Neil Ellis Sincerely Chardonnay 2014
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2014 Front Label
                  Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2014
                  Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                  • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2014 Front Label
                    Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2014
                    Other White Blends from South Africa
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                    • Vilafonte Series M 2014  Front Label
                      Vilafonte Series M 2014
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Capensis Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                      Capensis Chardonnay 2014
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                    • Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
                      Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014
                      Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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                    • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                      Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                      Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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                    • Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                      Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                        Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose 2014  Front Label
                          Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose 2014
                          Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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