Cabernet Sauvignon produced in this region is medium weight with cassis/blackberry flavours and firm tannins.
For such a warm area, the Chardonnays are surprisingly lean and elegant, with citrus and melon flavours merging into stony/mineral characteristics. They lend themselves to subtle oak handling and give every impression they will age with grace for five years.
Several memorable late harvest Semillons have been produced in the region, but today the accent is on dry table styles. They are powerful and carry excellent mid-palate weight.
Verdelho ripens early in the harvest and is made using the same methods as Semillon except that it is usually picked riper. It goes into bottle early and is usually at it’s best in the year or two after it is made, when it shows ripe, tropical flavours.