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Wines from France and Australia
9:31am Tuesday 20th September 2011 in Wine
Blason Saint-Veran 2009, £7.32, Sainsbury's
The first of two fairly well-known labels but the point about them is that each is discounted by several pounds and therefore a very decent buy, writes Nick Nunn.
This is a very decent, affordable white French Burgundy and the Chardonnay grapes it is made from give you a light taste with lots of pineapple flavour with a little added apricot.
The alcohol level is 13% but there's none of the heavy, buttery wham that you get with some New World Chardonnays.
St Hallett Gamekeeper's Reserve 2009, £6.65, Sainsbury's
There's more than £3 off this old favourite - a quality red Aussie blend that's been around for a few years and clearly has a decent following.
South Australia's famed Barossa Valley is its home and spicy Shiraz is the main grape but you also have the strong raspberry flavours of Grenache and a dash of Portugal's native Touriga which is better known as the basis of Port.
The result is 13.5% and goes great with duck or gamey meats.