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Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Shiraz 2008

Medium to full-bodied silky, dark-fruited Shiraz from Australia, with an earthy undertow and a touch of chocolate. 14.5pc alc. €10 (until February 1) Available from Tesco

Simone Joseph Les Vignes Paralleles 2008 — medium-bodied southern Rhône blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, dominated by sweet, spicy and smoky black fruit, with a liquorice feel. 13.5pc alc. €9.99 Available from Cases, Galway; The Drinks Store, Manor Street, D7; Kitchen Project, Clonakility; Unwined Off-Licence,

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