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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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  • Indaba Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Indaba Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
      Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2011
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      • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2011
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      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2011
        Chardonnay from South Africa
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      • Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2011
        Chardonnay from South Africa
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      • Meerlust Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Meerlust Chardonnay 2011
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      • Tokara Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Tokara Reserve Chardonnay 2011
        Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
          Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
          Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
            La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2011
            Chardonnay from Walker Bay, South Africa
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            • Boschendal Elgin Series Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
              Boschendal Elgin Series Chardonnay 2011
              Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
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              • Jordan Wines Cape Winemakers Guild Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Jordan Wines Cape Winemakers Guild Reserve Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Bolland Cellar Five Climates Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                  Bolland Cellar Five Climates Chardonnay 2011
                  Chardonnay from Paarl, South Africa
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                  • Bonnievale Cellar Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                    Bonnievale Cellar Chardonnay 2011
                    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                    • De Wetshof Sur Lie Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                      De Wetshof Sur Lie Chardonnay 2011
                      Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                      • Newton Johnson Wines Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                        Newton Johnson Wines Chardonnay 2011
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                        • Morgenhof Wine Estate Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                          Morgenhof Wine Estate Chardonnay 2011
                          Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                            Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2011
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                            • Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                              Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2011
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                              • Hill & Dale Wines Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                Hill & Dale Wines Chardonnay 2011
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                                • Tall Horse Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                  Tall Horse Chardonnay 2011
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                                  • Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                    Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Unwooded Chardonnay 2011
                                    Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                    • Journey's End Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                      Journey's End Chardonnay 2011
                                      Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                      • Laborie Wine Estate Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                        Laborie Wine Estate Chardonnay 2011
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                                        • Saxenburg Private Collection Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                          Saxenburg Private Collection Chardonnay 2011
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                                          • Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                            Asara Wine Estate Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2011
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