2001 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc, £5.69, Oddbins
A champion of the Cape's rich resource of chenin blanc made from low-yielding, old vines, David Gower lookalike Ken Forrester has come up with an oak-fermented dry white whose juicy ripe pear-like fruitiness is nicely offset by rich, honeyed characters. A versatile wine for drinking with mussels in white wine and garlic or white fish in lemon-based sauces.
2000 Errazuriz Syrah, £7.99, Waitrose, Safeway
For lovers of Rhône reds, the expansion of the syrah grape comes as a welcome new string to Chile's red wine bow. Errazuriz is one of the names to watch out for making exceptionally good value syrah, like this smoky, almost tarry example, whose sweetly ripe blackberry fruit opulence resembles Crozes-Hermitage,Reuse content