Pinot Noir – a study in patience and precision and a true labour of love for our entire team.
Deep and brooding, this wine juxtaposes sweet berry and lifted floral aromas against notes of fresh wet earth and mushroom. Hints of anise and fennel round out the complex aromatic profile. The earthy character follows through on the palate along with Black Doris plum, chokecherry and dark chocolate. The finish is long and structured with a vein of minerality and promises a long, age-worthy life for this wine.
Our very best Pinot Noir blocks were handpicked into 30 pound totes and vinified in small lots, using a combination of native and non-native yeasts. The small batches were then placed into a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months and blended just prior to bottling in September 2013.
The 2013 growing season once again proved Mother Nature has no master. It was very hot and very humid – the perfect storm for all sorts of challenges including mildew and wasp damage. Our naturally farmed vineyard with its light canopies and low tonnages weathered the less than ideal conditions beautifully.
Like all of our wines, the Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We’re proud to say our grapes are farmed by hand, without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our thriving honey bee program, consisting of 53 hives, is a testament to the health and vitality of the vineyard.
91 POINTS – “A lovely, elegant BC Pinot Noir from one of the province’s most respected producers. Aromas of wild cherry, spice and violets. Pair with truffle-accented dishes and risotto.” – Natalie MacLean, MARCH 2016, NatalieMaclean.com
90 POINTS – “This is a stylish, youthful pinot with fairly deep colour. The nose shows quite lifted floral raspberry-cherry fruit I am coming to associate with the Kelowna region of the northern Okanagan, along with a touch of cedary garrigue. Oak is nicely fitted with mild smoke and light toast. It’s mid-weight, firm and elegant with fresh acidity, firm gritty tannin and some wet stone/earth on the finish. The length is very good to excellent. It’s tightly wound and needing a year or three in bottle, but this is fine example of northern Okanagan pinot. Last tasted April 2016.” David Lawrason, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
90 POINTS – “This is a very fine and firm, well structured pinot noir from Tantalus, with a distinctive ‘northern’ feel, which is to say full of resinous pine and fresh wild berries, highly engaging and inviting. Tannins are still quite grippy, pushed into action by bright acids, but this has the stuffing to knit together nicely over the next 2-3 years, or hold into the ’20s handily. Genuine length and depth. Solid wine. Tasted April 2016.” John Szabo MS, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
90 POINTS – “A nice combination of meat, earth and pipe tobacco, burlap and potpourri with ripe cherry and plum in the background. The palate is dry, crisp and quite firmly structured with a nice silky texture. Red fruits, spice, tobacco and some mineral notes with a long finish. Plenty of gumption to cellar for 6-10 years as well that should allow the complexities to unfold. (Tasted May 2016).” Rhys Pender Master of Wine, May 2016, WineAlign.com
89 POINTS – “The vintage was not shy to gift dark, optimum-achievement in phenolic fruit and along with that ripeness comes even deeper tonal intent. Red hyperbole is elevated by striking acidity, setting this Pinot Noir up for really high expectations. The palate does not disappoint. Flavours range from black cherry to charred meat making for a highly gustatory experience. Chewy and enjoyable describes the time spent with this wine. It will offer great pleasure in the short term. Drink 2016-2018. Tasted April 2016.” Michael Godel, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com