Clear, pale gold appearance. Intense green pepper and spice nose with a hint of ripe fruit; very distinctive. Dry, high acidity, light-plus body. Again vegetal on the palate, green and red peppers, mineral, and citrus. Very long lemon finish. A strong example of the vegetal qualities of New Zealand Sauv Blancs. 13% alcohol. Recommended. Bought with a good friend for $23.60 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar, which has recently moved next door into the old Duthie Books space (still mourn their loss) and there’s more space but they’ve perhaps lost a bit of the character of the old store. Still, a great selection.
Clear, light-plus lemon-gold appearance. Clean, light nose of citrus, ripe fruits, and obvious oak. Dry, high acidity, and medium bodied with straightforward melon, apple, and nutty oak qualities. Medium length. 13% alcohol. Overall good: enjoyable, solid, but not complex. $36 at Crosstown.
Clear, light gold appearance. Nose is clean, medium intensity green pepper and green apples. Dry, high acidity, light body. Lemon-pepper, mineral, and green fruit. Medium length with an herbaceous finish; 12% alcohol. Sharp and fresh; organic. Overall good—recommended. $24 at Crosstown. See Richmond Plains.
Several people have suggested the Tantalus Riesling to me and I was a little underwhelmed, but I hadn’t tried the Old Vines. This is a clear, pale-plus lemon-gold with a clean, medium intensity lime, mineral, and petrol nose with a hint of sweetness. Dry on the palette, though, with high acidity. Medium body with green apple and mineral dominating with a touch of tropical fruit. Good long finish. Recommended; far superior to the regular Riesling from Tantalus. 12.1% alcohol. $30 at Taylorwood. See Tantalus Vineyards (warning: Flash); wine maker’s notes. Tantalus has gone organic, which is great news.
Clear pale gold appearance. Clean, intense tropical fruit, citrus, and vegetal nose. Dry, high acidity, medium body, lemon-pineapple and green pepper. Medium plus length. $30 for half litre at Il Caminetto di Umberto in Whistler Village. A fine NZ Sauv Blanc; recommended—my friend and fellow wine lover really liked this one for its intense tropical fruit aromas. See Babich Wines.
Clear pale gold; medium intensity stone fruit, floral, and honey nose. Off dry, medium body, high acidity; mineral, lemon, and apricot in the mouth. Good length. 12.5% alcohol. Very good—heartily recommended. $85 at Araxi in Whistler.
Clear, pale lemon-gold appearance. Nose is clean, medium intensity citrus-floral nose. Off-dry; high acidity, medium body. Mineral, lime, and spice flavours with that bit of Okanagan sage. Medium length; 12.9% alcohol. See Gray Monk; winemaker’s notes (PDF).
This was a gift from my father (as was the 2008) and retails for $16.99 according to the winemaker.