From Arneis to Zinfandel: As the region continues to grow and adapt to new conditions, grape growers and winemakers continue to explore new grape varieties with the view to delivering high-quality and delicious wines. Southern Mediterranean varieties such as Montepulciano, Vermentino and Nero d’Avola are showing real promise.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown extensively. Each is used as single varietal wines and in blends. The region’s warm temperatures tend to bring out the richer raspberry characteristics in the wines, while in cooler years the overall profile can demonstrate mint and blackcurrant.
The Riverland boasts more Chardonnay plantings than the combined total of other regions in South Australia. Riverland Chardonnay often exhibits vivacious and ripe flavours. Oak is often used, and this supports the richness of the wines as well as adding further complexity.
Shiraz is currently the most significant red variety. It responds well to the region’s conditions and the resulting wines are often very approachable. Dark berries and plums are terms commonly used to describe the scent of Riverland Shiraz.