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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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  • Badenhorst Family White Blend 2016  Front Label
    Badenhorst Family White Blend 2016
    Rhone White Blends from South Africa
    • W&S94
    • WE94
    • WS94
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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      • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
        Meerlust Rubicon 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
        • D93
        • WS90
        • RP90
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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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        • 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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        • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016  Front Label
          Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016
          Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
          • TA91
          3.9 21 Ratings
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        • Raats Red Jasper 2016 Front Label
          Raats Red Jasper 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Savage Red Blend 2016 Front Label
            Savage Red Blend 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
            • WS90
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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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            • Beaumont Pinotage 2016  Front Label
              Beaumont Pinotage 2016
              Pinotage from South Africa
              • TA90
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            • Tokara Shiraz 2016  Front Label
              Tokara Shiraz 2016
              Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2016 Front Label
                Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2016
                Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
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                • Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2016  Front Label
                  Graham Beck Game Reserve Shiraz 2016
                  Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
                    Raats Cabernet Franc 2016
                    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
                    • RP90
                    • WS90
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                  • Alheit Cartology 2016  Front Label
                    Alheit Cartology 2016
                    Other White Blends from South Africa
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                    • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016  Front Label
                      Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                      • D92
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                    • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
                      Capensis Chardonnay 2016
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
                      • WE92
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                    • Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                      Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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