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2004 Rock Ridge Chardonnay; 2003 Thandi Chardonnay; 2002 Bourgogne Blanc
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Under a fiver: 2004 Rock Ridge Chardonnay, £3.99, reduced from £4.99 to tomorrow week, Marks & Spencer

Under a fiver: 2004 Rock Ridge Chardonnay, £3.99, reduced from £4.99 to tomorrow week, Marks & Spencer

This is a well-made, pineappley chardonnay from the Cape's Robertson region with the crisply refreshing snap of the new season's tropical fruitiness. An ideal everyday dry white.

Under a tenner: 2003 Thandi Chardonnay, £6.99, Tesco

Complex chardonnay (Thandi means love in Xhosa) comes from one of the Cape's most effective black-empowerment projects. Ingredients: sumptuous tropical fruit with strong vanilla and butterscotch overtones balanced by refreshing acidity.

Splash out: 2002 Bourgogne Blanc, Emotion des Terroirs, Vincent Girardin, £12.49, Oddbins

From one of the best new-wave producers of stylish burgundy, a thoroughly successful dry white, with richness, buttery flavours, clean acidity and an excellent overall balance that reflects its burgundian terroir.

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