Wines of the week: Corvus Ala Negra Malbec 2007; Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris; Piccini Memoro Vino d'Italia NV

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
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Sunday lunch

Sunday lunch

Corvus Ala Negra Malbec 2007

This is a fabulous, lip-smacking Malbec, part of a new range of boutique Argentine wines. Made from 80-year-old wines, then oak- and bottle-aged, it has a dark-fruit intensity and a long, spicy finish with vanilla and chocolate undertones. A seriously big, but balanced mouthful. Drink with rare fillet steak, venison or any seasonal game. £15, ruta40.com

Midweek meal

Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris

An intriguing white from Chile, using an unusual grape – more full-bodied and, yes, savoury than its Sauvignon Blanc cousin. The result is very pale in colour, but contrastingly rich, textured and persistent on the palate, although remaining fresh throughout. Good with simply cooked veal, pork escalopes or grilled chicken. £8.49, Marks & Spencer

Bargain basement

Piccini Memoro Vino d'Italia NV

Unusually made from grapes drawn from four different parts of Italy – the dominant, part sun-dried Primitivo from Puglia, Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Nero d'Avola from Sicily and Merlot from the Veneto. Full of dried-fruit flavours and port-like intensity; reserve for richer dishes. £6.49, Tesco (reduced from £9.49; or £6.16 each as part of minimum purchase of six bottles until 4 October)

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