2002 Weandre Stream Chardonnay, £4.99, Marks & Spencer

The protection of the screwcap on the new vintage chardonnay gives this clean, crisp Aussie chardonnay from Reynolds in Orange in New South Wales added freshness and verve, enhanced by the tropical, limey acidity on the aftertaste. Unwind and go with the flow with a chicken or prawn laksa.


2001 Snake Creek Durrin Shiraz, McLaren Vale, £9.99, Oddbins

Bearing Oddbins' own Australian label, this sumptuously full-flavoured red is almost elegant for McLaren Vale. It's a smokily aromatic shiraz suffused with blackberry fruitiness and the flavours of pepper and spice. Try it with scored and dried roast duck breasts, rubbed with salt and sugar, and lightly painted with hoi-sin.

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2002 Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc, £4.59, Safeway

The grapes for this fragrant sauvignon come from co-operatives in the Cape. They've produced an accomplished, zingy dry white with a whiff of elderflower and the green bean and capsicum flavours of true sauvignon blanc. Sip on its own or offset a rich, warming soup like puréed roast pepper and pumpkin.