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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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  • Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose 2015  Front Label
    Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose 2015
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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    • De Toren Z 2015 Front Label
      De Toren Z 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Neil Ellis Amica 2015 Front Label
      Neil Ellis Amica 2015
      Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2015 Front Label
        Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2015
        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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      • Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2015 Front Label
        Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2015
        Chardonnay from South Africa
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        • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
          Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2015 Front Label
          Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Joostenberg Family Red Blend 2015 Front Label
            Joostenberg Family Red Blend 2015
            Other Red Blends from Paarl, South Africa
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            • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
              Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Anwilka Petit Frere Red Blend  2015 Front Label
                  Anwilka Petit Frere Red Blend 2015
                  Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                  Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
                  Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2015 Front Label
                  Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2015
                  Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                  • Indaba Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                    Indaba Chardonnay 2015
                    Chardonnay from South Africa
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                    • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2015 Front Label
                      Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2015
                      Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                      • Topiary Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                        Topiary Chardonnay 2015
                        Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                      • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2015 Front Label
                        Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2015
                        Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Joostenberg Little J Red 2015 Front Label
                          Joostenberg Little J Red 2015
                          Rhone Red Blends from Paarl, South Africa
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                          • Rib Shack Red Blend 2015 Front Label
                            Rib Shack Red Blend 2015
                            Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                            • Luddite Saboteur Red 2015  Front Label
                              Luddite Saboteur Red 2015
                              Other Red Blends from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                            • Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2015 Front Label
                              Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2015
                              Rosé from South Africa
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                            • Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2015  Front Label
                              Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2015
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                            • Vilafonte Series C 2015  Front Label
                              Vilafonte Series C 2015
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                            • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                              Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2015
                              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                            • Excelsior Syrah 2015 Front Label
                              Excelsior Syrah 2015
                              Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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