Trinity Hill Wairarapa Riesling 2004

Clear, medium gorgeous yellow-gold in the glass. Medium intensity nose of  sweet lemon, minerality, and a bit of petrol. Off dry, high acidity and medium body.  Dominated by strong and appealing minerals, along with ripe tropical fruits and a hint of the typical apricot. Good length. 12.5% alcohol. Overall good, and recommended for those who like a classic off-dry Riesling.

$28.75 at Crosstown. See Trinity Hill.

Trinity Hill Riesling 2004

Torbreck Barossa Valley 2008 Woodcutter’s Shiraz

In this glass this is dark ruby leaning towards purple, with a garnet rim. Clean, medium intensity nose of cherry and wood with a medicinal quality. Dry, medium acidity and low tannins with a medium body. Full of intense ripe fruits: cherries, red and black, along with blackberries. This is backed up by wood and spice, and again a slight medicinal or mint quality. Good length. 14.5% alcohol but this is not overwhelming. Overall very good; I really enjoy this one and recommend it. $36 at Crosstown. See Torbreck Wines, and the winemaker’s notes for this vintage (PDF).

Torbreck Barossa Valley 2008 Woodcutter's Shiraz

Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz 2010

Clear, medium-plus ruby red, with a slight purple rim. Medium intensity nose of black fruit, oak, and peppercorns. Dry, medium acidity and tannins, and a medium body. Straightforward oak and dark berry flavours, and a hint of dark chocolate; not a lot of length. Overall good. 14% alcohol. This was a gift from my father; it was about $20 at Kits Wine Cellar. See Hardys Wines.

Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz 2010

Poet’s Leap Columbia Valley Riesling 2010

Clear, light gold in the glass. Medium intensity apricot, apple-pear, and citrus nose. Just off-dry, strong acidity, and light-plus body. Citrus—particularly lemon—and mineral dominate the palate; evolving and nicely balanced green fruit flavours work towards a lingering finish of crisp green apple. 12.9% alcohol. Overall very good, one of the best west coast Rieslings I’ve ever tasted; I’ll be picking up a couple more bottles of this. See Long Shadows Wineries.

This was a birthday gift from my wonderful interaction design team at Vision Critical. Drinking with Tempeh “Steaks” with Mushroom-White Wine Sauce (no, I’m not using the Poet’s Leap in the recipe!) from Big Vegan.

Poet's Leap Columbia Valley Riesling 2010

De Martino Legado Reserva Syrah 2010

Clear, medium ruby with a bit of purple on the rim. Clean, almost-medium intensity nose of berry, cherry, and oak. Dry, with medium acidity, tannins, and body. Austere, woody black and red fruits in the mouth; medium length. Medium-plus length with some slightly evolving black cherry flavours. 14% alcohol—ouch. Overall good, if a bit severe; if this is your thing then by all means. It’s going to be a bit heavy for the summer-ish vegan fare I’m eating with it, whereas fruitier Aussie Shirazes tend to play well with my diet. Still, I can see myself going back to this in another season or with a seitan and mushroom dish.

$25 at Crosstown. See De Martino and the winemaker’s notes (PDF).

De Martino Legado Reserva Syrah 2010