The area is capable of producing concentrated, powerful and long-lived Cabernets with, at their best, intense blackcurrant characteristics. At all sites, limited yields are of prime importance in shaping the style and intensity of the wine.
Chardonnay has shown it can produce a wine of exceptional strength and complexity. It can also be made in a simpler and more easily accessible form on the Bellarine Peninsula. As with Pinot Noir, some of the newer plantings are being used to produce a sparkling wine base, and this is likely to continue.
During the last century, Pinot Noir was a famous wine for the region, and it is so again. The styles of the wine are predictably very different from producer to producer, reflecting differing winemaking techniques and philosophies. The wines commonly express plums, tobacco, violets, strawberries and truffles.
Geelong Shiraz wines, in favourable years, have strength, depth of colour, bouquet and flavour. While the wines sometimes show pepper and spice overtones, more often than not they rely on potent dark cherry fruit with persistent tannins providing structure and longevity.