For a brilliant value white, try Extra Special Fairtrade Chenin Blanc 2011, Western Cape (£6.97, Asda).
Tangy, with pear and apple flavours, a grassy hint and a crisp, dry finish with mouth-watering acidity - and it’s an impressive example of a fairtrade wine for eco-conscious tipplers.
Another supermarket ‘house’ white that offers a refreshing change to international favourites such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio, Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc 2011, Swartland (£6.99, Tesco) is a pleasant, breezy white with apples, melon and spiced pear, a hint of honey and a clean, crisp finish.
For a brisk white, try Crow’s Fountain Traditional Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Stellenbosch (£9.99, Marks & Spencer). Characterised by bracing gooseberry, ripe grapefruit and passion fruit, flint and lime notes add to the intense aromas. More delicate palates may appreciate The Garden Route Shiraz 2011, Western Cape (£7.99, Tesco). Minerally with fresh acidity and less tannic than some of the dense, powerful versions from Down Under.