Under £5

2008 Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon

From Carta Vieja in Chile's Maule Valley comes this claret-like cabernet sauvignon, whose blackcurranty fruit quality is opulent with no oak to interfere with the freshness.

£4.99 (or £3.99 as part of a case), Oddbins

Under £10

2008 Iona Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin

Andrew Gunn's remote vineyards in the Cape's Elgin Valley are the source of this ripe sauvignon blanc/ Semillon in which smoky aromas are complemented by a grapefruity acidity.

£9.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2007 M3 Chardonnay, Shaw and Smith

The cool Adelaide Hills bring richness with a touch of vanilla and nutty oak to this new-wave Aussie chardonnay from Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith.

Around £19.99, Majestic, Booths and independents