Old Vines Riesling
This 150 case offering defines the very essence of our historic old vineyard in South East Kelowna. It displays beautiful balance and persistent flavours and this can be attributed to its single block provenance of 1978 plantings.
In the glass this wine shows a pure, star bright yellow. Fragrances of lemon oil, grapefruit pith and Jasmine flowers define the bouquet. A captivating fresh rain on chalk aromatic also shines through. On the palate, the classic mineral intensity of our Block 5 old vines fruit is abundant, with flavours of granny smith apple, lemon zest and key lime pie. Brilliant acidity and a hint of grapefruit pithiness, stretches the wine out to a long and elegant finish.
Block 5 sits on a north/south slope of deep, silty soils. This 2 acre block is bordered on 3 sides by younger Riesling plantings and a mature Ponderosa Pine forest on its western edge.
The 2011 growing season trended towards the cooler end of the temperature scale for the Okanagan Valley. Riesling lovers seeking racy acidity and crisp, clean, citrus flavours were well rewarded. Vineyard practices were consistent with our ongoing approach in maintaining vine balance and flavor intensity through sustainable viticulture practices like hand weeding, organic nutrient additions and deficit irrigation. Our thriving honey bee hive program is a testament to the health and vitality of our vineyard.
- 93 POINTS, “I love the apple, citrus and nectarine aromatics that leap out of the glass, underpinned by a steely mineral note. There is some gorgeous fruit ripeness counter-balancing the crisp acidity on the palate, with more pear, apple and lemon flavours. It’s bracing, tight, focused and long, and it’s lip-smacking good. Drink it now with some scallops or BC salmon or age it for another 5+ years and let the complexity unravel.” James Cluer, Master of Wine – www.finevintagewineblog.com
- “Year in year out, the Okanagan’s greatest expression of this noble grape and the bottle I’d bring to California to show what we can do that they can’t.” Neal McLennan, Western Living Magazine, June 2014
- “Made from the grapes planted in 1978, this special offering from Tantalus has a more mature nose with a touch of diesel and clean, crisp grapefruit and citrus on the palate. Like its sister listed above, this wine has a crisp steeliness running through that leaves it beautifully balanced and ready for sushi, scallops, fish, or spicy fare.” Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Strait, June 2014