Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Clear, pale lemon-gold appearance. Clean, medium intensity grapefruit, lemon, hints of ripe tropical fruits, and a touch of grassiness. Dry, high acidity, and medium body. Mainly citrus in the mouth, with some appealing floral-spice notes. Not much length. 13% alcohol. Overall good, especially at the price—just over $16 at Crosstown—though pretty straightforward. Cheap and cheerful, as they say; but it’s tempting to say that the flavours of this wine are more forward due to the organic production, as I find is often the case: I have to search out more organically produced wines.

See Emiliana Organic Vineyards.

Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2008

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.