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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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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
    Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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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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      • Ernie Els Major Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Ernie Els Major Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Kanonkop Kadette Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
        Kanonkop Kadette Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Black Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
        Black Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Paarl, South Africa
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        • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
          Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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          • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
              Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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            • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                  Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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