01 2017 Vignerons Sch­mölzer & Brown Brun­nen Beech­worth Chardon­nay, Vic­to­ria, $44

Halliday - - 80 Wines -

This is one of the best wines that Tessa Brown has ever made – it’s a cracker!

2. NV Henri Gi­raud Blanc de Craie Cham­pagne, France, $115

It’s good to have a bot­tle of Cham­pagne in the fridge over Christ­mas, and this one is 100 per cent chardon­nay from the Mon­tagne de Reims. It’s crisp and re­fresh­ing, but not so lean that it doesn’t have a bit of flavour. It's a great style for the warmer months.

3. 2016 Cascina Luisin Pied­mont Arneis, Italy, $43

Con­sid­er­ing the snack­ing that hap­pens at this time of year, this arneis is an ex­cel­lent all-rounder to have on hand for pair­ing with food.

4. 2018 Ries­lingf­reak No. 3 Clare Val­ley Ries­ling, South Aus­tralia, $28

This is one of the best-value ries­lings. On a hot sum­mer day, noth­ing is quite as re­fresh­ing as a well-chilled Clare Val­ley ries­ling. It’s ver­sa­tile with food as well.

5. 2015 J.C. Bessin Val­mur Grand Cru Ch­ablis, France, $110

This Ch­ablis is a lean, min­eral style.

I find Val­mur the tight­est and most lin­ear of the Grand Cru wines.

6. 2017 Dirty Three All the Dirts Gipp­s­land Pinot Noir, Vic­to­ria, $35

This is a great pinot noir to stock up on. You won’t have to think twice about open­ing it be­cause it’s fan­tas­tic value. It can also be slightly chilled – over the warmer months, I like to have reds that can sit in the Esky.

7. 2016 Do­maine des Mar­rans Beau­jo­lais-Vil­lages Ga­may,

France, $27

An­other light, bright red that won’t over­whelm when the weather is warm.

8. 2017 Ter­ra­son Yarra Val­ley Ga­may, Vic­to­ria, $28

This ga­may is fresh and par­tic­u­larly great with bar­be­cued and cured meats.

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