This variety has become synonymous with Clare Valley. The typical style is quite restrained and austere when young with lime and mineral notes. Most benefit from 5–7 years of bottle age and can evolve for decades. Clare Riesling represents 20% of total Riesling crushed each year in Australia.
Clare Valley Shiraz is typically full flavoured with ripe blackberry, spice and mint characteristics. The strong diurnal temperature shifts allow for acid retention and vibrant fruit quality.
Also does very well in Clare displaying dark, rich black fruit characters with firm but plush tannins. Often blended with Shiraz and sometimes a little Malbec.