Cabernet Sauvignon thrives across the region, producing long-lived wines of deep colour, intense flavour and powerful structure. They have classic Cabernet sensibilities with an austerity of flavours which reward patience.
Elegant, tightly structured, grapefruit-accented Chardonnay which ages well is produced in the region. Wines of the south can be a little finer and softer while those of the north are slightly more powerful.
Until recently Pinot Noir was regarded as the preserve of the southern area around Denmark and Albany, but some exciting wines have appeared from Mount Barker in slightly cooler years.
Riesling vies with Cabernet Sauvignon as the most important wine from the region. The wines age superbly, seldom reaching the peak of their development in less than ten years. As well as being crisp and lean in youth, the wines still have intense flavour, typically in the citrus spectrum with an underlay of herbs.
High quality Shiraz is produced in this region. Great Southern Shiraz exhibits a compelling combination of liquorice, spice, pepper, black cherry and plum. Many producers use well-balanced oak treatment, allowing the fruit quality to fully express itself.