Ninth Island, the entry-level label of Pipers Brook, invariably offers good value for money. This is a vibrant and minerally chardonnay that's particularly food friendly, with a little more mouthfeel than with many simpler chardonnays. It is fresh and unoaked, showing off the quality cool-climate fruit (think citrus zest and ripe stone fruits), and would match particularly well with moules and frites, pan-fried fish fillets or old-fashioned roast chicken and stuffing. $22.50. www.pipersbrook.com.