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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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  • Jam Jar Sweet White 2018 Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet White 2018
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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    • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Bottle Shot
      Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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      • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Braai Pinotage 2018  Front Label
            Braai Pinotage 2018
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                  Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Indaba Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from South Africa
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                  • Indaba Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                    Indaba Chardonnay 2018
                    Chardonnay from South Africa
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                    • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                      Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                      • Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2018  Front Label
                        Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2018
                        Other Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                        • MAN Family Wines Syrah 2018  Front Label
                          MAN Family Wines Syrah 2018
                          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                          • Kanonkop Kadette 2018  Front Label
                            Kanonkop Kadette 2018
                            Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                            • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                              Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
                              Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                            • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                              Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
                                  Graham Beck Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018
                                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                  • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                                    MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018
                                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                                    • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                      De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018
                                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                      • Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                        Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018
                                        Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                        • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                          Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018
                                          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                                          • Excelsior Syrah 2018  Front Bottle Shot
                                            Excelsior Syrah 2018
                                            Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                                            • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                              Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018
                                              Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                            • Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018 Front Label
                                              Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018
                                              Rosé from South Africa
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