A 2005 Vin de Pays top-100 trophy winner. The succulence of the southern French merlot from the progressive Paul Mas stable creates an exuberantly ripe, blackcurranty red with a touch of polished oak to smooth the edges.
Under a Tenner: 2004 Sileni Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 (3 for £19.98), Thresher
A trophy winner at the International Wine Challenge, this is classic, aromatic Kiwi sauvignon, with herbal scents and ripe gooseberry and grapefruit zest with a refreshing citrus tang.
Splash Out: 2004 De Bortoli Yarra Valley Chardonnay, £12.99, Oddbins, Tesco
Steve Webber is the mastermind behind this barrel-fermented chardonnay whose butterscotch-fudgey intensity and burgundy-style complexity is derived from the cool climate and fine craftsmanship.