Wine Lists

Riverina wines to try

By Halliday Promotion

9 Mar, 2022

The Riverina's flat plains and warm, Mediterranean climate allows grapes to thrive. Here are four classic examples from the region.

The Riverina is one the country's most successful grape-growing regions and home to some of the biggest names in wine. Durif is the hero, but it also produces award-winning botrytis semillon and a one-of-a-kind Mediterranean blend. These four wines are shining examples of the region if you're yet to visit in person.

De Bortoli Noble One bottle shot

2018 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon

A tapestry of nectarines, peaches, mandarin zest, drizzled with a little spiced honey and vanilla scents. Rich, complex yet refined with a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity deliciously completing the picture.

Senior winemaker Julie Mortlock says Noble One isn't just the perfect dessert wine. Along with cheeses and sweets, it goes beautifully with peking duck or freshly sautéed scallops with truffle and pear. 

RRP $35.95 (375ml), $75.95 (750ml) | Drink to 2041 |

Sans Pareil bottle

2020 Sans Pareil Estate Black Label Durif

Youthful red and purple in colour. Bright bold aromas of blackberries, blood plums and subtle vanilla oak on the nose. A medium-bodied palate with dark plummy fruit, creamy vanilla oak and fine grain varietal tannins.

Sans Pareil founder and owner Aaron Salvestrin says this wine is best enjoyed at 18 degrees, in front of a fire with chargrilled roast lamb with oven-baked root vegetables.

RRP $18 | Drink to 2025 |

Lillypilly Fiumara 7 Angelo Blend

NV Lillypilly Fiumara 7 Angelo Blend

Attractive tawny in colour, aromatic ripe fruits and succulent raisin flavours with spice. The velvet texture is luscious and mouth-filling with lingering flavours on the palate. 

Winemaker Robert Fiumara pairs this blend with sharp cheeses, dried fruit and chocolate desserts.

RRP $26.50 (375ml) | Drink to 2042 |

Berton durif bottle

2021 Berton Vineyards Metal Label Durif

Dark ruby in colour, with aromas of blackberry, mulberry and chocolate. Big, bold flavours of dark chocolate, cranberry and plum linger on the palate with cinnamon, spice and fine tannins to bring it all together. 

Winemaker James Ceccato says this durif has "big and rich flavours", which makes red meat the ideal pairing – think lamb roast infused with rosemary or slow-cooked ossobuco with polenta. 

RRP $14 | Drink to 2027 | 

Learn more about the Riverina in our essential guide
This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
Top image credit: Lillypilly Estate