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2004 Cono Sur Viognier; 2003 Vergelegen Chardonnay; 2003 The Chocolate Block
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Under a fiver: 2004 Cono Sur Viognier, Majestic (buy 2 = £4.24 each) Waitrose

Under a fiver: 2004 Cono Sur Viognier, Majestic (buy 2 = £4.24 each) Waitrose

This is a great little viognier from Chile's warm Colchagua Valley, with the Rhône Valley grape's hallmark honeysuckle and apricoty aromas and typically exotic peachy fruit, which finishes on a refreshingly dry note.

Under a tenner: 2003 Vergelegen Chardonnay, £7.99, Oddbins, Majestic

From one of the Cape's outstanding wineries, the new chardonnay has taken on more complexity than ever with tongue-tingling flavours derived both from the opulence of the grape itself and from the burgundian-style craftsmanship.

Splash out: 2003 The Chocolate Block, £14.99, Waitrose

Still in the Cape, where Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof fame creates an unusual blend using Mediterranean grapes plus a touch of viognier to make this rich, spicy, bittersweet chocolatey blend at once enticingly aromatic and exotically rich.

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