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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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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V93
    • WS92
    • RP90
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  • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
      • D93
      • V91
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    • Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
      • D91
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    • Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018
      Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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      • Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018  Front Label
        Black Pearl Mischief Maker 2018
        Syrah/Shiraz from Paarl, South Africa
        • D91
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      • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Alheit Cartology 2018  Front Label
          Alheit Cartology 2018
          Other White Blends from South Africa
          • RP93
          • WE92
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        • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
          • WS91
          • RP91
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        • Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018  Front Label
          Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018
          Other Red Blends 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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            • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
              • V90
              3.8 8 Ratings
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            • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
              • D93
              3.8 19 Ratings
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            • Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
                Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                • Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Elgin, South Africa
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                  • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                    Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                      Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2018
                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
                      • TA93
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                    • Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                      Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2018
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                      • Savage Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                        Savage Red Blend 2018
                        Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
                        • V92
                        • RP91
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                      • Sadie Family Palladius 2018  Front Label
                        Sadie Family Palladius 2018
                        Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
                        • RP94
                        • V94
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