Why It's Time to Try South African Wine—Plus the Bottles to Buy Now

A new wave of acclaimed vintners are putting this far-flung producer back on the map. here are the bottles to know.

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A new wave of acclaimed vintners are putting this far-flung producer back on the map. Here are the eight bottles to know.

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1. 2011 Sadie Family Pofadder

Cinsault keeps its acidity in Swartland's hot summers, giving this elegant single-vineyard red a balance of anise and fruit flavors and minerality.

$54; stashwines.com

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2. 2010 Sutherland Chardonnay

Pear and quince permeate this medium-bodied wine, which was produced on a former apple orchard in Elgin.

$15; saratogawine.com

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3. 2009 Miles Mossop Saskia

Floral, lemon curd, and almond notes dominate this dry white blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier for a well-rounded mix.

$27; toastwines.com

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4. 2009 Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella

This Bordeaux-style blend has layers of spice, earth, and tobacco—hewing closer to the European spirit than to New World styles.

$70; sunsetcorners.com

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5. 2007 Sijnn Red

Blending French and Portuguese grapes, this remarkable first vintage is a smooth combination of ripe-fruit and black-olive notes with a dry finish.

$32; cape-ardor.com

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6. 2009 Fable Bobbejaan

This Syrah from Charles Banks, former owner of cult producer Screaming Eagle, has hints of spicy chocolate and a long, earthy finish.

$48; zachys.com

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7. 2011 Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc

The high winds on surfer Duncan Savage's Cape Peninsula winery produce smaller grapes, giving this white intense lime, grass, and grapefruit flavors.

$25; solawines.com

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8. 2010 A.A. Badenhorst Family White

The flagship wine from Adi Badenhorst—who left the well-established Stellenbosch region for Swartland—is a complex, blended white.

$35; winehouse.com

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