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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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  • Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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    • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
      Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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      • Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
        Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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        • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
          Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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          • The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
            The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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            • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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              • La Capra Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                La Capra Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                  MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                  • Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                    Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                    • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                      Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                      • Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc  2014 Front Label
                        Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                      • Cape Point Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                        Cape Point Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                        • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                          Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                          • Ken Forrester Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014  Front Label
                            Ken Forrester Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                              Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                            • Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                              Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                              • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                              • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                              • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                                • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                  Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                                • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                  Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                                  • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                    Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                                    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                                  • Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                    Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                                    • Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                      Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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                                      • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                                        Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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