White 1999 Firefinch Sauvignon Blanc, £3.99, selected Tesco stores
Springfield Estate at Robertson in the Cape has already developed a reputation for fine, aromatic sauvignon. Now, fresh from the new vintage comes this zingily clean, nettle-scented, thoroughly affordable example of the variety, with plenty of flavour and gooseberry fruitiness.
Red 1998 La Palmeria Merlot Reserve, £5.99, selected branches of Waitrose
Like a version of opulent claret from Bordeaux's right bank, this is a lusciously juicy merlot from Vina la Rosa in Chile's Rapel Valley, which has softened with a little age in cask and bottle into a wine of full blackcurrant and berry-fruit flavour.
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