NEW to the Tantalus family of wines, our Juveniles Chardonnay is a pure expression of our youngest block of plantings – juicy, fruit-forward and approachable.
Bursting with aromas of lush, sun-ripened pear, hints of melon and a citrusy crispness – this wine is made for sunshine and lazy summer days. An abundance of orchard fruit follows through on the palate with a lovely lemon meringue lifted character. Essence of lime zest offers the wine great tension and a refreshing finish.Our Juveniles Chardonnay 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.
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.
“From the younger Chardonnay vines on Tantalus’s Kelowna property comes this pristine take on the grape, bursting with Granny Smith apple, guava, and Asian pear, with a light graham-wafer note rounding things out wonderfully. Everyone loves to go bananas over the Rieslings from Tantalus, and rightly so, but winemaker David Paterson’s Chardonnays are always damn delicious and worth seeking out.”
Kurtis Kolt, August 2016, The Georgia Straight
“When the winery makes wine from younger plantings, the practice is to label them “Juveniles”. This is the first vintage of Juveniles Chardonnay, from a four-acre block of vines planted in 2013. This is a lovely fruit-forward Chardonnay; only half was aged in oak barrels and those were neutral. It has aromas and flavours of apple and pear. The finish is crisply refreshing.”
John Schreiner, February 2017, Good Grog Blog