2002 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc £7.99, Oddbins, Waitrose
Thirst-crazed Australian brewer Lion Nathan swallowed the Marris family's winery in one go last year. You won't have to dig so deep to enjoy the heady, exotic fragrance and passionfruit flavours of this zippy new-vintage Marlborough dry white at its zesty, grapefruity best. Try it with grilled goat's cheese on toast, with rocket.
2000 Langhorne Creek Brothers in Arms Shiraz £13.95, Tanners, Shrewsbury (01743 234500)
Amid the bog-standard and the run-of-the-mill, there's still the really special stuff that gave Australian shiraz its good name. Like this traditional style from Tom and Guy Adams' in Langhorne Creek with its voluptuous, warm blanket of blackberry fruit concentration and peppery veneer of smoky oak spiciness. Try with a pork and noodle stir-fry or a rich beef casserole.
St Valentine's Day
Tesco Rosé Champagne Brut £12.99 Tesco
For affordable romance, this stylishly dry and crisp salmon-pink fizz with its strawberryish flavours and delicate bubbles has a 20 per cent discount until Sunday week. You can extend a St Valentine's Day flush even further with an added 5 per cent discount on 6 bottles, bringing it down another £1 to £11.99.
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