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2004 Finca Las Moras Viognier; 2003 Otto Bestué; 2001 Bannockburn Shiraz
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Under a fiver: 2004 Finca Las Moras Viognier, San Juan, £4.99, or buy two for £4.49 each, Majestic; or three for £10, Co-op

Under a fiver: 2004 Finca Las Moras Viognier, San Juan, £4.99, or buy two for £4.49 each, Majestic; or three for £10, Co-op

A ripe, opulent, dry white showing how northern Rhône's trendiest white grape is taking root in Argentina. Floral, aromatic and peachy rounded out by a touch of oak.

Under a tenner: 2003 Otto Bestué, around £6.95, Great Western Wine (01225 322800), Thomsons (01672 563323), Hopton Wines (01299 270734)

From Finca Rableros, an old estate near Spain's Pyrenean frontier, this modern blend of tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon packs in black cherry fruit and smoky new oak.

Splash out: 2001 Bannockburn Shiraz, £14.95 per bottle in a case, Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522); www.londonfine wine.co.uk

This Victorian shiraz from Gary Farr at Geelong shows its cool-climate origins in an elegant, succulent red infused with clove and pepper and a supple texture.

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