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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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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V93
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    • RP90
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  • Excelsior Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Excelsior Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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      • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
        Graham Beck Brut Rose
        Sparkling Rosé from South Africa
        • TA91
        • D90
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      • Gabrielskloof Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
        Gabrielskloof Chenin Blanc 2019
        Chenin Blanc from Walker Bay, South Africa
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        • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
          Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
          • D93
          • RP90
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        • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
          MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2020
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020  Front Label
            Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020
            Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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            • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
              • WW89
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            • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018  Front Label
                Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018
                Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Lismore Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                  Lismore Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017
                  Chardonnay from South Africa
                  • RP94
                  • TP93
                  • WE92
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                • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                  Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020
                  Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
                  • WS90
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                • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                  Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                    3.9 27 Ratings
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                  • Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief  Front Bottle Shot
                    Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief
                    Vermouth from South Africa
                    • V94
                    4.2 27 Ratings
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                    • Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2020  Front Label
                      Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2020
                      Other Red Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                      • Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                        Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                        • V95
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                      • Gabrielskloof Syrah 2017  Front Label
                        Gabrielskloof Syrah 2017
                        Syrah/Shiraz from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                        • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                          Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
                          • V90
                          • WS90
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                        • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                          Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                          Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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                          • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
                            Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
                            Other White Blends from South Africa
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                            • Lievland Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                              Lievland Pinotage 2018
                              Pinotage from South Africa
                              • RP89
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                            • Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                              Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019
                              Other Red Blends from South Africa
                              • V92
                              3.3 24 Ratings
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                            • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2020
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                                Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
                                Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
                                • TA95
                                • D92
                                • V91
                                • RP90
                                3.9 26 Ratings
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