Our Juveniles Chardonnay is a pure expression of our youngest block of plantings – juicy, fruit-forward and approachable.
The nose is classic unmanipulated Chardonnay with lemon cream and green apple complemented by a wonderful sea breeze freshness and oyster shell quality. Hints of gunflint and white flowers also waft from the glass.
The palate is awash with lemon verbena and gala apple with a zesty lime essence drawing it all together. The finish offers an intriguing sweet/savoury balance on the back palate, drawing out with lovely length and our hallmark Tantalus acidity.
All sourced from our single vineyard estate, our young gun Chardonnay block was handpicked and vinified in small lots using entirely wild fermentation. The wine was crafted in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels, this ensured the purity of the fruit was maintained with just a wisp of oak present.
At only 4 years old, this young vineyard is already showing incredible potential and we are very excited to see this vineyard evolve and develop over the next 20 years.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.
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.
91 POINTS – “This is young vine (four years), single vineyard, estate chardonnay, hence the name Juveniles. Wild fermented, this was raised in stainless and neutral barrels. Bright lemon, cool cream, tight spice and a light smoked stone define this medium bodied wine, swept up at the finish with a tight twist. Impressively structured, juicy and drinkable – without being dumbed down – this is what you drink now while you lay your seriously age-worthy Chardy down. Well done Tantalus (and this price!)”
Treve Ring, July 2017, GismondiOnWine.com
89 POINTS – “The vines are only four years old, hence the ‘Juveniles’ moniker, but this wine suggests a bright future for this single-vineyard, estate chardonnay. It was all handpicked and vinified in small lots and it was wild fermented in a combo of stainless steel and neutral barrels. The attack is fresh with a good mix of texture and flavours mostly bright lemon mixed with spice and a stony mineral aftertaste. It’s the juicy character that invites at the moment and we love the screwcap. The price is crazy good. Back up the truck.”
Anthony Gismondi, July 2017, GismondiOnWine.com