Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
These show the full expression of ripe fruit characteristics of darkberries, chocolate and eucalypt. The tannins are smooth and carry the fruit of the wine well. They are renowned for their easy drinking and approachability.
By far the most important wine of the region, Chardonnay is invariably generously flavoured. In younger wines, yellow peach and ripe fig flavours tend to dominate and a degree of French oak influence is frequently encountered. However, some older wines of this variety are demonstrating a capacity to develop into ultra-rich, honey and buttered toast styles.
With increased age of vines in the area, the red wines are starting to show depth of flavour and colour. Shiraz has performed extremely well, with the wines showing ripe fruit characters as well as some earthy and peppery notes. Some experimenting has been done with blending Shiraz and Viognier and this is showing promising results.
Other Red Wines
Some success is being seen with Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Grenache and Mouverdre.
Other White Wines
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho are the other most commonly encountered white wines, with both variety and region specified on the label. Verdelho seems well suited to the region. In addition, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are growing in quantity and reputation.