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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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  • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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  • Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2010 Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Tokara Shiraz 2010 Front Label
    Tokara Shiraz 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Guardian Peak Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Guardian Peak Merlot 2010
    Merlot from South Africa
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  • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2010 Front Label
    Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Fairview Viognier 2010 Front Label
    Fairview Viognier 2010
    Viognier from South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2010 Front Label
    Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2010
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Rust en Vrede Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Merlot 2010
    Merlot from South Africa
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  • Spice Route Viognier 2010 Front Label
    Spice Route Viognier 2010
    Viognier from South Africa
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  • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2010
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Spice Route Chakalaka 2010 Front Label
    Spice Route Chakalaka 2010
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • RP90
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  • Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2010 Front Label
    Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • WS90
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  • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • RP92
    • WE90
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  • Goats do Roam White 2010 Front Label
    Goats do Roam White 2010
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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  • Rustenberg Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    Rustenberg Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2010 Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2010
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
    • RP92
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  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2010 Front Label
    Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2010
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Ernie Els Signature 2010 Front Label
    Ernie Els Signature 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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