Something For The Weekend?

2003 Wolvenbosch Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc; 2001 Clos de Fontedit, Les Flacons; 1999 Balnaves Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

Under a fiver: 2003 Wolvenbosch Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc £4.79, M&S, reduced from £5.99 in July

This elegantly dry, cool-climate Western Cape sauvignon blanc has asparagus-like aromas, while the palate offers juicy, ripe and refreshingly zingy capsicum. A crisp summer sipper, on its own or with a tuna salad.

Under a tenner: 2001 Clos de Fontedit, Les Flacons £9.99, selected Tesco stores

Well-crafted, syrah-based Mediterranean red blend from the Languedoc, with liquorice, spice and prune aromas. The richness and bite of intense blackberry make for a superior barbecue red, should summer honour us with its presence.

Splash out: 1999 Balnaves Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot £15.49, from www.australianwinesonline.co.uk

Dense colour, sweet cassis and mint-spice aromas combine with a core of richly concentrated cassis fruitiness typical of Coonawarra. Plush tannins and firm backbone, succulent spice and fruit.

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