2004 El Burro Kickass Garnacha; 2001 Louis Jadot Morgon Château des Lumières; 2003 De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenère

For a mule, this Spanish red delivers a relatively gentle kick of vibrantly peppery, juicy raspberryish fruit, making it an ideal Indian summery thirstquencher with a summer pudding berryish quality.

Under a Tenner: 2001 Louis Jadot Morgon Château des Lumières, around £9.99, Waitrose, Budgen

With its delicate berry fruit fragrance, I initially mistook this for a burgundy. Maybe it's because the gamay in this top cru beaujolais takes on some of the cherryish characteristics of the pinot noir grape.

Splash Out: 2003 De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenère, Maipo Valley, £10.49 - £10.99, Fareham Wine Cellar (01329 822733), Cambridge Wine Merchants (01223 568991)

This stylish and concentrated wine walks a tightrope of cassis and black cherry fruit with a twist of fresh acidity.

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