Like Shiraz, this wine is full, dark and rich in flavour. Cassis, red berry and sweet fruit flavours predominate, attesting to the warm climate and the use of rich, vanillin oak.
This variety performs well in the region. The wine tends to be soft but have pleasant and clear varietal character in a nectarine and melon spectrum. Many wineries produce both oaked and unoaked Chardonnay to good effect.
This is the one consistently distinctive wine style of the region; dark in colour, strong in body, flavour and tannins. Above all else, is its redolent of spice when young, developing into a soft, sweet velvety fruit with time in bottle, reminiscent of the Shiraz from the Hunter Valley.
This variety appears to be well suited to the warmer days and cool night the region offers. Wines are often aromatic, with herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours.
Plantings of Viognier have increased rapidly over the past five years. These wines are often dry, with a fruity, citrus palate. Small quantities of Viognier may be added to Shiraz to give lightness, delicacy and perfume to the red wine.