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Riddle Creek Chardonnay

The Experience

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Watching Who Do You Think You Are?
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Juicy mango and chicken salad

The Oddbins Take

A winery with an irresistible attraction to Italian immigrants? A father who went to prison for selling too much wine during the Australian Prohibition? A matriarch known as ‘La Bossa?’ The history of De Bortoli has it all, in glorious Technicolor, from a lone immigrant seeking farm work to an ultra-modern wine concern with its eyes on sustainable development, continued innovation and fabulous wines across the spectrum, like this easy-going, lightly-oaked Chardonnay, which calls for tangy food (mango chicken salad?) and a film with whose plot has as many twists and turns as its crafter.

The Vital Statistics

New South Wales
At Its Best Now
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Chardonnay (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Vittorio de Bortoli arrived in Melbourne from Italy in 1924, and sought farm work in Riverina, New South Wales. Times were tough, but by 1927 he had scraped together enough money to buy a small farm in Bilbul, producing his first table wine in 1928 in response to the country's fondness for fortified wines. Unprecedented demand soon led to exports to the north of New South Wales and beyond to Queensland, and production increased sharply over the next eight years. The winery survived the Depression, the paranoia of the war years and the impact of alcohol rationing, and in 1952 Vittorio's energetic young son, Deen de Bortoli, took the helm of the winery and led it down a route of innovation.

The Bilbul winery in Riverina produces not only the Riddle Creek range, but also a number of De Bortoli's top end flag-bearers, not least the remarkable Noble One Botrytis Semillon. A Mediterranean climate, bringing warm summers and welcome rain in winter, is a fine match for the region's various loam soils. Sustainability is high on the winery's agenda, a firm hand being taken to greenhouse gas emissions, water recycling and vineyard mulching, among other initiatives.

Winemaker John Coughlan started working for De Bortoli while studying for a science-based degree, but his head was turned and he now leads the white wine-making team at Bilbul. The wine is fermented in stainless steel with a variety of yeasts, and lightly oaked to give a delightfully fresh, stone fruit-flavoured Chardonnay which will drink splendidly on its own but will also make fast friends with a spinach and feta cheese filo wrap.