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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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  • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
    • TA93
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  • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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    • WE90
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  • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2015 Front Label
    Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2015
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
    • WE95
    • WS92
    • RP92
    • W&S91
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  • Goats do Roam White 2011 Front Label
    Goats do Roam White 2011
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2017 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2017
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • TA94
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  • Luddite Saboteur Red 2014 Front Label
    Luddite Saboteur Red 2014
    Other Red Blends from Walker Bay, South Africa
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  • Anwilka Petit Frere Red Blend  2015 Front Label
    Anwilka Petit Frere Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2004
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • W&S90
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • W&S89
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  • Warwick Estate Estate Shiraz 2001 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Estate Shiraz 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
    • W&S92
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  • Glenelly Lady May 2011 Front Label
    Glenelly Lady May 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WE93
    • RP92
    • JS91
    • WS90
    • W&S90
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Straw Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Mullineux Family Wines Straw Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Other Dessert from South Africa
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    • TA96
    • D94
    • JS93
    • RP92
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • TP94
    • WS93
    • RP93
    • W&S92
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
    • WS92
    • W&S90
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  • Rustenberg John X Merriman 2006 Front Label
    Rustenberg John X Merriman 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • W&S91
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  • Steenberg Private Cellar Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Steenberg Private Cellar Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • W&S90
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  • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Ernie Els Signature 2006 Front Label
    Ernie Els Signature 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • W&S93
    • RP93
    • WS92
    • WE92
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
    • WS91
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
    • W&S92
    • D91
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
    • W&S93
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  • Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2003 Front Label
    Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2003
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • W&S90
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  • Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
    • W&S92
    • WS91
    • WE91
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  • Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
    • RP91
    • WS91
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  • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • W&S90
    3.8 5 Ratings
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