Under £5

2007 Château Mont Milan Corbières

A southern French blend of carignan, grenache, syrah and mourvèdre, this well-crafted red shows garrigue spices, fruit flavours and rounded tannins. £4.99, Majestic, when you buy two, until end of October

Under £10

2006 Etim Blanc, 2008 Bodegas Carchelo C, Jumilla

Not just a pretty label, but also a fine blend of Jumilla's monastrell with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon, combining juicy autumn game-friendly freshness and smooth tannins. £8.99, Oddbins

Splash out

2007 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Syrah

With its peppery aromas, you could be in the Northern Rhône's Côte Rôtie, but the extra opulence of flavour and texture takes you to Hawkes Bay. £14.99, Wine Rack (£9.99 if you buy three)