Under £5

2009 Muscadet Sautejeau, Côte de Charme

This sea-breezy melon de bourgogne has a ripe fruitiness that finishes refreshingly dry for seafood and shellfish. £4.69, down from £6.29, Waitrose French Wine Showcase, to 27 September

Under £10

2008 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah, New Zealand

Distinctly syrah and not shiraz, the Hawkes Bay version is close in style to the Rhône's Crozes Hermitage in its smoky, peppery scents – but the fruit is riper and silkier. £8.99, Sainsbury's

Splash out

2004 Brunello di Montalcino, Gianni Brunelli

An inviting Tuscan red made for autumn game with rich dark cherry and mulberry fruit framed by spicy oak, finishing with a moreish twist of Italianate acidity. £30, Majestic Fine Wine