23 NV Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Champagne, France, $115
When searching for Champagne, we tend to look for producers who own and farm their vineyards as opposed to the bigger houses. This fizz is from the Cote des Blancs, chardonnay country, and it’s pure and pristine. Also, if you put it in a wine glass and let it come up in temperature, it will just look like a good chardonnay.
24. NV Vincent Couche Blanc de Blancs Champagne, France, $140
This is 100 per cent chardonnay and a generous, full-flavoured style that's great for gift-giving or opening on Christmas Day. In general, chardonnay-based Champagne provides more of a linear, refreshing style that’s perfect for the Australian summer.
25. Domaine Belluard Les Perles du Mont Blanc Savoie Gringet, France, $51 Made from a variety called gringet from the French Alps, this is a rare but fun alternative to Champagne. It does the same thing – it’s fresh and bright, and an interesting variety that people might not have tried before.
26. 2016 Keller Von der Fels Rheinhessen Riesling, Germany, $60 Von der Fels means ‘off the rocks’, so its focus is on minerality. Keller makes a lot of Grand Cru wine and this is always a blend of those vineyards. It’s a ‘rest of the best’ style.
27. 2016 Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Nahe Kabinett Riesling, Germany, $50
A classic German riesling that's great for lunch with pork on the table, providing a little sweetness and a lot of acidity to cut through the fat.