Cabernet Sauvignon grew in importance to the region as the variety become more popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Today virtually all wineries, large and small, produce a style that has ripe, warm, earthy, chocolate-accented flavours.
This is a wine of rapidly increasing importance which flourishes in the region. Chardonnay is capable of producing good yields at high sugar levels, with a peachy, buttery richness attesting to the climate. Instead of being a fast developing wine, in this region Chardonnay has the ability to develop complexity and richness with age.
The Goulburn Valley boasts the oldest and largest plantings of Marsanne in the world. Lemon-accented, the oaked styles gain intensity and richness with age. Unoaked, the wine is delicate in its youth and can be long-lived. As these wines age, they build the honeysuckle bouquet and taste that typifies the variety.
Despite being a region with a warmer climate, the region can produce excellent Riesling. The wines have considerable weight, with lime and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Despite their early appeal, the wines also have the capacity to age attractively over the medium term.
The principal grape grown in the Goulburn Valley for over a century, Shiraz remains capable of producing a red wine of great flavour and longevity. The wines present ripe, rich fruit overtones when young and age to reveal darker fruits, with hints of pepper, dark chocolate, soft supple leather and earth.