Under a fiver: 2001 Durius Tinto Marques de Griñon Tempranillo, £4.99, Co-op

Under a fiver: 2001 Durius Tinto Marques de Griñon Tempranillo, £4.99, Co-op

Made at the new Hacienda Unamuno close to the Portuguese border, Durius (Latin for the Duero River) is a pure tempranillo with smoky oak aromas, sweetly juicy strawberry-like fruitiness and enough textured tannin to absorb the juices of a home-made burger. £4.99 price lasts until tomorrow week.

Under a tenner: 2001 Yonder Hill Inanda, Stellenbosch, £8.99, Sainsbury's

Under the experienced eye of David Lockley, Yonder Hill is one of South Africa's most consistently good value (and best-looking) Bordeaux- style reds. This classy blend with its core of cassis fruit balanced, spicy oak, and supple tannins is even better than the gold-medal winning Merlot. Ideal for leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic.

Splash out: 2001 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, £14.75, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, London SW1 (020-7259 0102) and Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos.

This elegant pinot noir from actor Sam Neill is almost Burgundian in style. It's a delicate red with a spicy note of vanilla from oak and herby, savoury undertones infusing the sweet summer pudding berry and rhubarb-like fruitiness.

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