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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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  • Star Tree Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Star Tree Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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    • Indaba Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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    • Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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    • Rustenberg Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Rustenberg Chardonnay 2008
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    • Goats do Roam Goat Door Chardonnay 2008
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      • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
        Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2008
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        • Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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          • Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Unwooded Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
            Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Unwooded Chardonnay 2008
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            • Ernst Gouws & Co Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
              Ernst Gouws & Co Chardonnay 2008
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              • Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2008
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                • Tokara Zondernaam Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Tokara Zondernaam Chardonnay 2008
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                  • Rupert & Rothschild Baroness Nadine Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                    Rupert & Rothschild Baroness Nadine Chardonnay 2008
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                    • Avontuur Estate Luna de Miel Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                      Avontuur Estate Luna de Miel Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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                      • Simonsvlei Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                        Simonsvlei Chardonnay 2008
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                        • Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                          Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2008
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                          • Oak Valley Estates Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                            • Saxenburg Private Collection Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                              • Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                                • Le Riche Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                                  • Sumaridge Walker Bay Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                    Sumaridge Walker Bay Chardonnay 2008
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                                    • Fort Simon Estate Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                      Fort Simon Estate Chardonnay 2008
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                                      • Quoin Rock Winery Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                        Quoin Rock Winery Chardonnay 2008
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                                        • Weltervrede Place of Rocks Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                          Weltervrede Place of Rocks Chardonnay 2008
                                          Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                                          • Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                            Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Chardonnay 2008
                                            Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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