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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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  • De Wetshof Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
    De Wetshof Sauvignon Blanc 2006
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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    • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
      Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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      • Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
        Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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      • Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
        Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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        • Brampton Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
          Brampton Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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          • Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
            Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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          • Golden Kaan Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
            Golden Kaan Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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            • Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
              Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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              • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
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              • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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              • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                  Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                  • Thelema Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                    Thelema Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                  • Kanu Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                    Kanu Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                    • Waterford Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                      Waterford Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                    • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                      Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                    • Le Bonheur Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                      Le Bonheur Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                      • Jardin Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                        Jardin Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                      • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                        Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                      • Tokara Zondernaam Sauv Blanc 2006 Front Label
                        Tokara Zondernaam Sauv Blanc 2006
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                        • M'hudi Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                          M'hudi Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                          • Savanha Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                            Savanha Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Capaia Wines Blue Grove Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                              Capaia Wines Blue Grove Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                              • Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                                Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                                • Rietvallei Special Select Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                                  Rietvallei Special Select Sauvignon Blanc 2006
                                  Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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