Like Shiraz, these wines are full, dark and rich in flavour, typically tasting of sweet fruit such as blackcurrant and dark berries.
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.
The Granite Belt’s distinctive Shiraz wines are darkly coloured and full-flavoured. As they age they develop a softer, more velvety texture.
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.