Best buys | Mount Rozier Merlot 2011 Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Mount Rozier Merlot 2011 Stellenbosch, South Africa

South African wine is in a good place at the moment - better quality than ever and terrifically good value as this bargain underlines.

It’s a very Bordeaux-esque Merlot from the Mount Rozier estate in Stellenbosch and is on offer at Waitrose until Tuesday at the very un-Bordeaux-ish price of £7.99 - and it’s available in 247 branches instead of a frustrating 7 or so.

The label, admittedly is rather loud but it would be a good wine to wheel out at a dinner party with something flashy like a beef Wellington or a leg of lamb or some braised duck. It’s ripe without being jammy and really elegant for the money. I’d quite happily pay the normal price of £9.99 for it.

Other bargains you may like to snag if you're visiting Waitrose - also on offer till Tuesday - are:

Fire Flower Shiraz/Mourvedre 2013, Western Cape introductory price of £5.99 until October 29th.

Another South African bargain - a bright, fruity red that would make excellent party drinking or to swig with a Friday night pizza.

Chateau Maris, Les Vieilles Vignes 2011 Minervois on offer at £8.79

A big, bold, characterful syrah for lovers of Languedoc reds. One for lay in for winter braises and pies

Domaine Wachau Terraces Grüner Veltliner 2012 Wachau on offer at £7.99

An old Waitrose favourite this food-friendly Austrian white will go with all kinds of light vegetable and seafood dishes - particularly with an Asian slant (it’s great with Vietnamese)

Ara Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough New Zealand on offer at £6.66

I’m not a huge fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but this is a lot subtler than most with a lovely ripe passionfruit character instead of the usual full-on gooseberry. And at £6.66 it’s a steal. NB I tasted the 2013 vintage. Waitrose's website is still showing the 2012 which may not be as seductive.

Tilimuqui Fairtrade Single Vineyard Torrontes 2013 Famatina Valley on offer at £6.39

If you like gewurztraminer you’ll like Argentina’s Torrontes which has a similarly fragrant, floral character. Ace with ceviche. Again Waitrose online shows the 2012 vintage. It's a style of wine that needs to be drunk fresh. I'd only go for the 2013.

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