In the warmer years the region produces a wine with a most attractive mix of gently herbaceous and tobacco characters, with sweeter red and blackberry flavours. The tannins are fine and supple, and the wine is medium bodied.
This wine is sometimes made as a straight varietal and at other times blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. The variety appears particularly well suited to the climate and soil of the Peninsula, producing wines of vibrant varietal character. The flavours run through a spectrum of leaf, mint and red berry, with a fragrant bouquet.
Made in dry and semi-dry style, the variety performs well the Southern Fleurieu. The wine is crisp and tasty when made in a dry style but also performs admirable when made in a sweeter style.