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These wines offer a sample of the quality that South Africa is producing today. Other labels to look for include Mulderbosch, for reds and a fine rosé, and Badenhorst and Ken Forrester, for chenin blanc.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa, $18
Boutique Wines: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Magruder’s. Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis, Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore; on the list at Boathouse in Baltimore, Tsunami in Annapolis. Available in Virginia at Ashburn Wine Shop, Wine Cabinet in Reston.
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Robertson Valley, South Africa, $20
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Magruder’s, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Wine Source in Baltimore.
Western Cape, South Africa, $14
Duncan Savage produces three delicious sauvignon blancs at Cape Point Vineyards. The Stonehaven is racy and crisp, while the Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ($25) packs more intensity. Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh ($70) is a sauvignon-semillon blend fermented and aged in concrete vats and amphorae. In 2012 he launched his own label, Savage, with a white blend of sauvignon and semillon and a red blend based on syrah; both are exceptional at $50. ABV: 13 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, P&C Market, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia. Available in Virginia at Swirl & Sip in Fairfax.
Simonsberg, South Africa, $14
The Spanish Wine Importer: Available in the District at Ace Beverage. Available in Virginia at Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, Vienna Vintner, Vino Market in Midlothian; on the list at Clyde’s in Reston, Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, the Shebeen in Charlottesville.
Western Cape, South Africa, $17
M Touton: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Calvert Woodley, Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Irving Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Riverside Liquors, Rodman’s, U Street Mini Mart. Available in Maryland at Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John, the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Castle’s Liquors in Mount Airy, Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville, Old Farm Liquors and Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick, Veridian Market & Wine in Silver Spring. Available in the Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), the Vineyard in McLean.