Situated on the extreme southwestern edge of the Australian land mass, the ocean-influenced Margaret River region benefits from a long growing season. Its Chardonnay is typically focused, crisp, and ageworthy, while Cabernet Sauvignon has long been the favored red grape of the area, producing wines in a distinctly Bordeaux-like style. Shiraz has been growing in popularity, especially among winemakers and consumers who prefer a more precise Old-World style. The cooler Great Southern region to its south and east is home to a more Germanic expression of Riesling than is usually found in Australia, plus spicy, peppery Shiraz with Rhône-like weight and complexity. The Margaret River region, has emerged as a top growing area for Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, which is often blended with Semillon. With rare exceptions, Australia's Sauvignons and Sauvignon-based blends are best enjoyed within a couple years of the vintage."