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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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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • WW90
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  • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019  Front Label
      Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019
      Other Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
        Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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        • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
          Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
          Other White Blends from South Africa
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          • Braai Pinotage 2019  Front Label
            Braai Pinotage 2019
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Radley & Finch Flying French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
              Radley & Finch Flying French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
                Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                • V91
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              • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                  Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Indaba Mosaic 2019  Front Label
                    Indaba Mosaic 2019
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Indaba Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from South Africa
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                      • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                        Indaba Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from South Africa
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                        • Goats do Roam Red 2019  Front Label
                          Goats do Roam Red 2019
                          Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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                          • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                            MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                            • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                              Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Savage White Blend 2019  Front Label
                                Savage White Blend 2019
                                Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
                                • V93
                                • RP91
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                              • Goats do Roam White 2019  Front Label
                                Goats do Roam White 2019
                                Other White Blends from South Africa
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                                • Warwick Estate The First Lady Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                                  Warwick Estate The First Lady Chardonnay 2019
                                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                  • Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                                    Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019
                                    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                                    • Fleur du Cap Essence du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                      Fleur du Cap Essence du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                      • Excelsior Syrah 2019  Front Label
                                        Excelsior Syrah 2019
                                        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                                        • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2019  Front Label
                                          Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2019
                                          Other White Blends from South Africa
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                                          • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                                            Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2019
                                            Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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                                          • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                                            Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019
                                            Chardonnay from South Africa
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