With a nod to white Burgundy, our Chardonnay aims to bridge Old World elegance with New World charm.
Sun gold in colour, this wine exhibits classic, fine chardonnay aromas of lemon and apricot with a vanilla top note. Toasted coconut, orange blossom and a mineral-driven flinty character begin to emerge as the wine opens.
The palate is lush and inviting with nuances of peach, pear and toasted almond. The finish is long and tense with fresh grapefruit, lemon zest and Crème Brule, all wrapped up with a hint of French oak.
Our Block 6 Chardonnay sits on an eastern aspect in the northern portion of our vineyard. It consists of 1985 Oppenheim plantings and a younger component of French Dijon clones, planted in 2007. The wine underwent 100% wild fermentation in 30% new French oak puncheons and barriques. The result is a beautifully integrated wine we expect to age gracefully over the next 6 to 8 years.
The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our wines remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode.
Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.
90 POINTS – “Serious juice, Tantalus’ aim with this was to marry Burgundy’s power with the Okanagan’s freshness. This is a wild ferment of 1985 Oppenheim plantings plus 2007 Dijon clones, fermented in French oak puncheons and barriques (30 percent new) where it remained for the next year.
2015 was a hot, and characteristically flabby year for Okanagan whites. At this young stage, power wins out, with ample toasted wood structure and spice leading the fore. But with time (or an ample decant) you get a glimpse of what is lurking underneath the lemon curd and peel, apricot, peach pit fuzziness and a creme brûlée sweetness. Lay this one down for a few years while you drink the Tantalus Juveniles Chardonnay now.”
Anthony Gismondi, July 2017, GismondiOnWine.com
90 POINTS – “This is a quite rich, bold chardonnay that also shows some poise. Expect ripe aromas of almost tropical fruit (melon, banana), with classic vanillin, spice, butter and a bit of toast. It’s quite full bodied, creamy textured and smooth with some edgy alcohol heat. The finish catches the spice, fruit and vanillin well; the length is excellent.”
John Lawrason, June 2017, WineAlign.com