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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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  • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
    De Toren Z 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Meerlust Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Spice Route Chakalaka 2016  Front Label
    Spice Route Chakalaka 2016
    Other Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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    • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2016  Front Label
      Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2016  Front Label
        Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2016
        Other Dessert from South Africa
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      • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
        Capensis Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from South Africa
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      • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
        Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
        Pinot Noir from South Africa
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      • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016 Front Label
        Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
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      • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
        Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
        Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
        • TA95
        • RP90
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