Under a fiver: 2004 Adobe Merlot, Central Valley

Add a couple of bottles of this aromatic and intensely juicy Chilean merlot - in the mould of an opulent young claret - to a mixed case. 2 bottles for £9.98, Majestic Wine

Under a tenner: 2002 Le Haut-Médoc de Giscours Grande Réserve

Declassified Haut-Médoc from Château Giscours in Margaux. Delicately herbal, with a stylish oak sheen and approachable fruitiness. £7.99, down from £12.99, to 21 May, Waitrose

Splash out: 2004 de Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Shiraz

Made in the restrained and balanced style of Côte Rôtie; with typical pepper and spice undertones, rich berry fruit and deft oak, but it's not over the top. £19.99, Oddbins Fine Wine

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