A fantastic red this week and what a find. From the Marks and Spencer New World Collection comes the mighty Petit Plaisir 2010 from the Western Cape of South Africa.

The wine is made by Nigel Betsir and is a blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and parcels of malbec and petit verdot, all making it a wine of depth and character that has good ageing potential if you can keep it that long.

The nose is reminiscent of spice, pepper and dried, red fruit and a rich, purple hue and deep damson richness in its colour.

The bold flavours shine through with a full-bodied taste of plum, spice and pepper with firm tannins and fresh acidity that lend to a long lingering finish.

This amazing value red is best matched with lamb or a plate of hard, mature cheeses. Available from Marks and Spencer at £7.99 a bottle.

  • Graeme Hedley is sommelier and expert on food and wine at Kendal College’s Lakes Hotel School