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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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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2015  Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2015
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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    • TA93
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  • MAN Family Wines Shiraz 2015 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Shiraz 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2015 Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WE94
    • TA93
    • RP92
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  • Topiary Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Topiary Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Chamonix Rouge 2015  Front Label
    Chamonix Rouge 2015
    Other Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
    • WE89
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  • Constantia Glen Two 2015 Front Label
    Constantia Glen Two 2015
    Other White Blends from Constantia, South Africa
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  • Chamonix Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
    • D93
    • RP90
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  • Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WE93
    • RP90
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA94
    • D93
    • RP91
    • WE90
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • RP93
    • WE91
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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • WS91
    • JS90
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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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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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • JS94
    • WE94
    • RP93
    • WS92
    • D90
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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2015 Front Label
    Southern Right Pinotage 2015
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • WE91
    • WS90
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  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015  Front Label
    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
    • JD94
    • WE93
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  • Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • WE92
    • WS91
    • RP91
    • W&S91
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