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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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        • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2016  Front Label
          Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
            Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2020
            Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
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            • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
              Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • RP90
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              • Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019
                Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                • JS93
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              • De Toren Fusion V 2018  Front Label
                De Toren Fusion V 2018
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • W&S90
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              • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019  Front Label
                Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019
                Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Badenhorst Family White Blend 2019  Front Label
                Badenhorst Family White Blend 2019
                Rhone White Blends from South Africa
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                • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                  Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
                  • D91
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                • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                  MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
                    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2021
                    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
                    • WE89
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                  • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                    Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2018
                    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                      Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                      • WS93
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                    • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                      Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
                      Cabernet Franc from South Africa
                      • RP90
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                    • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                      • Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020  Front Label
                        Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020
                        Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
                        • WW89
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                      • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
                        Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                        • Graham Beck Bliss Nectar  Front Label
                          Graham Beck Bliss Nectar
                          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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                          • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique  Front Label
                            Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
                            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
                            • D90
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                            4.0 118 Ratings
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                          • Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2021  Front Label
                            Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                            • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020  Front Label
                                Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020
                                Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                                • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                  Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
                                  Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
                                  • D93
                                  • V91
                                  4.4 59 Ratings
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                                • Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                                  Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Barista Pinotage 2020  Front Label
                                    Barista Pinotage 2020
                                    Pinotage from South Africa
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