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(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Here are five delicious wines from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. They demonstrate the quality and value of South African wines reaching our markets.

Remhoogte Vantage Pinotage 2016

Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $22

Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red grape, a cross of pinot noir and cinsault created nearly a century ago. The wines are often dull at best. Remhoogte’s Vantage Pinotage, however, is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It is savory and deep, almost syrah-like with some characteristics of the northern Rhone. Absolutely delicious, it improves over a night or two, so give it time to open up and strut its stuff. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.

Imported and distributed by Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co.: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Dean & DeLuca, Eye Street Cellars, the Wine Outlet. Available in Maryland at Ronnie’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Forest Hill, Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits in Laurel. Available in Virginia at Branch & Vine, Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market and Union Market in Richmond, Cheesetique (all locations), Classic Wines in Great Falls, Fern Street Gourmet and Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Grape & Gourmet, Lubo Wine Tasting Room and Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach, Market Street Wineshop in Charlottesville, Sonny’s Fine Wine and Beer in Henrico, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, Uncork’d in Suffolk, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview).

GREAT VALUE
Kaapzicht Kaleidoscope 2017

Stellenbosch, South Africa, $16

This is a terrific red blend based on cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, with a few other varieties for spice. It is racy and vibrant with dark fruit flavors and refreshing acidity. Enjoy this with burgers or steak from the grill, or just a good movie. ABV: 14 percent.

Imported by Red Wolf Imports, distributed by Global Wines: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Watergate Vintners & Spirits, Wine & Butter. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine and Co. in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring.

GREAT VALUE
Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc 2017

Stellenbosch, South Africa, $15

Chenin blanc excels in South Africa as much as, if not more than, its homeland of the Loire Valley in France. Kaapzicht’s chenin is fresh, round and dry, with orchard fruit flavors and a zesty mineral finish. ABV: 13 percent.

Imported by Red Wolf Imports, distributed by Global Wines: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Wardman Wines, Watergate Vintners & Spirits; on the list at Orchid, Pursuit Wine Bar, Unconventional Diner, Vinoteca. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Old Town Market in Kensington; on the list at the Urban Winery in Silver Spring.

GREAT VALUE
De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2017

Robertson, South Africa, $15

This delicious unwooded chardonnay is racy, clean and pure, tasting as though it was bottled straight from a spring. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Imported by Broadbent Selections, distributed by Country Vintner: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cordial Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits (Union Market), Rodman’s; on the list at Clyde’s (various locations). Available in Maryland at Bo Brooks Lighthouse Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore, the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Decanter Fine Wines in Columbia, Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, John Brown General and Butchery in Cockeysville, Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; on the list at Clyde’s (various locations), Old Maryland Grill in College Park, Seasons 52 (Columbia, Rockville). On the list in Virginia at Clyde’s (various locations).

Remhoogte Soaring Eagle 2015

Stellenbosch, South Africa, $14

Here’s a tasty red blend of merlot, shiraz (syrah) and cabernet sauvignon, in a very New World style: lots of upfront fruit and zesty acidity. ABV: 14 percent.

Imported and distributed by Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co.: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Dean & DeLuca, Eye Street Cellars, the Wine Outlet. Available in Maryland at Ronnie’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Forest Hill, Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits in Laurel. Available in Virginia at Branch & Vine, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and Union Market in Richmond, Cheesetique (all locations), Classic Wines in Great Falls, Fern Street Gourmet and Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Grape & Gourmet, Lubo Wine Tasting Room and Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach, Market Street Wineshop in Charlottesville, Sonny’s Fine Wine and Beer in Henrico, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, Uncork’d in Suffolk, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview).

Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

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