Wines of the week: Thorny Devil, Old Vine Grenache; De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch; Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
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Sunday lunch

Thorny Devil, Old Vine Grenache 2013

Australia's Barossa Valley is not just about thumping great reds – some have a more attractive blend of power and subtleness, which the Grenache grape from old vines achieves to great affect here. Powerful, but pure plum fruits, structure and finesse will match equally elegant rich meat or poultry dishes, particularly duck or lamb. £13.25, thefinewinecompany.co.uk

Midweek meal

De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2014

From scenic, ecologically conscious vineyards high above Cape Town, this is prime South African Chenin blanc: flavours of quince, honey and almonds, but dry and with a fresh acidity. Try with shellfish dishes or lighter white meats, such as a veal escalope. £8.50, thewinesociety.com

Bargain basement

Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan, 2013

Lidl has upped its game and challenged rival Aldi's vinous lead with a new range of classic French wines, adding to its Italian and Spanish reds. This is ridiculously good-value Côtes du Rhône Villages: medium-bodied, peppery, black fruits, succulent and ideal pizza'n'pasta drinking. £5.99, Lidl

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