Old Vines Riesling
Our Old Vines Riesling is crafted for those seeking a wine with elegance and a sense of place. Made exclusively from our 1978 Riesling plantings, its purity conveys all that is unique and special about our historic, old vineyard here in South East Kelowna.
This is a wonderfully intense wine. The nose is brimming with fresh lemon and melon, coupled with wisps of wet stone and mineral. The palates racy, citrus and granny smith apple flavours, display a certain level of concentration that can only come from old vines planted on an exceptional site. Its unusually long finish is supported by an alluring minerality coupled with crisp acidity that hints at what is yet to come from this long cellaring wine.
The 2010 growing season was a challenging one for our viticulturist. An early bud break meant we were off to a good start. A month long patch of cold weather slowed growth, followed by rain during the flowering phase which resulted in naturally low yields. Sunshine and warm temperatures in July allowed the vines to catch up slightly but a cooler August and September slowed ripening down again. This gradual ripening produced outstanding intensity in the fruit. Harvest took place two weeks later than our average picking date but good weather ensured optimal picking conditions and excellent grape quality.
- 93 POINTS | Janet Dorozynski, National Post, January 2013
“Tantalus has been a trailblazer and has quickly become the benchmark for Okanagan and BC Riesling. Made from vines that are 30+ years old, this is a complex, age-worthy wine that shows generous bright citrus flavours with searing but balanced acidity.”
- Kurtis Kolt | Maclean’s Magazine, June 2013
“An on-point riesling out of Kelowna. Old Vines has many wine global superstars talking. An expression of our mineral-rich, ultra stony soil, this zippy, made-for-seafood, local wonder has an abundance of fresh-squeezed lemon, lime and grapefruit with a pinch of lemon balm and sage.”
- 95 POINTS | John Schreiner, May 2013
“It shows why vine age makes such a difference. The aromas of honey, peach and petrol explode from the glass. Because this dry wine aged for a time on the lees, it has a rich texture, along with flavours of lime, peach, apple and minerals.”
- Daenna Van Mulligan | winediva.ca, October 2013
“The 2010 Old Vines Riesling offers amazing lime zest, kumquats and mineral notes, which border on marmalade and petrol. The palate is nervy, it vibrates with acidity and is extremely focused