Under £6

2011 Tiger Horse Old Vine Cinsault, Swartland, South Africa

Aromatically enticing and halfway between a pinot noir and grenache,

this Cape red has a punchy sweetness to the cherryish fruit and firm grip of tannins on the aftertaste. £5.59, down from £8.49, Waitrose

Under £10

2010 Tesco Finest Boranup Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

A nettle and spearmint quality and a mix of passion fruit and grapefruit zest make this shellfish-friendly Margaret River-meets-white-Bordeaux blend zingy with a crisp aftertaste. £9.99, Tesco

Splash out

2009 PSI, Peter Sisseck, Ribera del Duero

From the man behind Pingus, one of Spain's cult wines, this pure tempranillo is rich in cherry and plum flavours, spiced by oak and cut by a savoury freshness. £22.99, Corney & Barrow, (corneyandbarrow.com)