Specific grapes have particular flavours and aromas, which they impart to the finished wine. But climate, region and winemaking technique can also affect the palate of a particular grape varietal. So a Riesling from the Clare Valley, for instance, will probably taste quite different from one grown in Margaret River or Germany. Nevertheless, here are a few key flavours and aromas you might notice in some of the more popular grape varietals. To learn more about the most common grape varieties make sure to visit our grape varieties section.
RIESLING: Green apple, lemon, lime, citrus, musk, rose petal.
SAUVIGNON BLANC : Gooseberry, capsicum, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit, asparagus, lime, melon.
CHARDONNAY : Melon, peach, nectarine, butterscotch, caramel, cashew, toast.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON : Blackcurrant, cassis, mint, cedar, berries, tobacco leaf.
MERLOT : Violets, raspberry, blackberry, musk, cinnamon, stewed plums.
SHIRAZ : Plum, pepper, black cherry, blueberry, aniseed, licorice.