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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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  • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
    Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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      • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
        Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2007
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      • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
        MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2007
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        • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
          Indaba Chenin Blanc 2007
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          • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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          • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
            Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2007
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          • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2007
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            • Raats Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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            • Sterhuis Wines Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
              Sterhuis Wines Chenin Blanc 2007
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              • Eikendal Noble Late Harvest 2007 Front Label
                Eikendal Noble Late Harvest 2007
                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                  Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007
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                  • Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                    Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2007
                    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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                      • Nederburg Stein 2007 Front Label
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                        • Tierhoek Straw Wine 2007 Front Label
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                          • Knorhoek Wines Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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                            • Pulpit Rock Winery Cape Haven Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                              Pulpit Rock Winery Cape Haven Chenin Blanc 2007
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                              • Mooiplaas Wine Estate Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                                Mooiplaas Wine Estate Chenin Blanc 2007
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