Old Vines Riesling
We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary!
A special passion for this noble grape is what drives our quest to grow and make a truly world class Riesling.
Grapes selected from our heritage vineyard blocks planted in 1978 were hand-picked into small totes. Upon arrival at the winery crush pad, the fruit was hand-sorted and only the very best quality grapes were pressed. Small batches of juice were fermented in the traditional style – slowly and gently. Blending took place in February 2013, followed by bottling in March 2013. Since that time the wine has aged in our cellar in preparation for its Spring 2015 release. This wine’s signature calling card is its elegance and intensity.
Morning sunshine in a glass – this wine is all about purity and balance. The nose invites with lime curd and mandarin marmalade lifted by hints of white flowers and wet stones. The palate is focused and textural. Ripe fresh squeezed lemon, juicy pink grapefruit pith complimented by incredible minerality. This wine has great length and complexity and although delicious now, its long cellaring capability will richly reward those who wait.
By anyone’s standards, 2012 was a very warm vintage – the complete opposite of 2011. An exceptionally warm growing season calls for especially careful vine management to insure the fruit retains its flavour intensity and the crisp acidity Tantalus Rieslings are known for. Our goal is to farm naturally and in unison with the vineyard conditions. As a result, Tantalus wines proudly display all the special nuances of any given growing season.
- 90 POINTS – “This is a big, powerful, dry riesling from vines planted in 1978 at the east Kelowna property. The nose has impressive lift with classic riesling petrol, mineral, lemon wax, spice and ripe pear fruit. It’s full bodied, quite bracing and tart-edged. Might be a bit austere for some tastes, expect lots of mouthwatering acidity, with a dry, bitter grapefruit-lemon pith finish. The length is excellent. Tasted July 2015” – David Lawrason, www.winealign.com, July 2015
- “Prominent mineral character on both the nose and palate with big acidity tart green apple and lime fruits. Perfect for the cellar or if “bone dry” is how you like your riesling.” – Tom Firth, Culinaire Magazine, August 2015