Our 2016 flagship Riesling showcases all the hallmarks of our historic, old vineyard – intense aromatics, a lush palate and a crisp, high tension finish.
An instant Tantalus classic.
A wonderful pale yellow-green in colour with fresh aromas of lime leaf, lemon zest and mango. The palate is electric, bursting with ripe tangerine and orchard pear, complemented by a wonderful stoney mineral texture. At the core, is an intense citrus character underpinned by spicy top notes of ginger and cardamom.
Sitting on a knife edge of balance between texture, weight and bright acidity, the finish is beautifully long. The 2016’s intensity and balance will allow it to live for a long time. Cellar effortlessly for up to 10 years.
The fruit for our flagship Riesling is hand-picked from several unique blocks on our single vineyard estate, dating back to the late 1970s. Each parcel of fruit was harvested at optimal ripeness over a two-month period giving the 2016 incredible complexity. Once in cellar, ferments were inoculated after a short settling period and racking. Each tank was fermented to a preserved balance point just off-dry. The wine was blended three months after vintage and bottled in late February 2017.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.
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.
91 POINTS – “The wine has intense aromas and flavours of citrus mingled with notes of spice and with lively acidity.” John Schreiner, April 2016, John Schreiner on Wine
93 POINTS – “Chic, racy, focused. There’s little wonder why Tantalus has so many devoted fans, their Rieslings are their flagship and here is yet another stunning example. It is undeniably pristine, offering crunchy green apples, mineral, apricot, spring blossoms, honey and lemondrops on the nose. Expect amazing tension and concentration juxtaposed with focus and style. It boasts an oily weight with a tangy and lengthy lemon-lime finish. Chic yet entirely gulpable.” Daenna Van Mulligan, June 2016, WineScores.ca
90 POINTS – “This is youthful and exuberant but also nicely compact and complex. There is lemon, pineapple, fresh herbs and wet stone on the nose, with a subtle subtext of youthful yeast/graininess. It’s mid-weight, firm and juicy but not austere. The fruit hits excellent length with some feint honeyed and floral complexity as well. Tasted April 2016.” David Lawrason, April 2016, WineAlign.com
90 POINTS – “Well with the arena of aridity, salinity and sheer marketability, here is a showy Tantalus with super searing lemon flavours emerging out of great atmosphere and aromatic intensity. Some Riesling taketh away and some are mouth watering, like this. The stone fruit goodness attacks and sticks to the tongue like sap, then glides effortlessly down. Tantalus might make me think of things that are out of reach, “standing in water, but dying of thirst, this is my thanks and this is my curse.” Yet this early to market 2015 Riesling offers an antithetical view, ready, willing and able to please. Drink 2016-2019. Tasted April 2016.” Michael Godel, April 2016, WineAlign.com
90 POINTS – “A superb BC Riesling with aromas of wet stone, lemon, lime and chives. Pair with vegetarian dishes.” Natalie MacLean, May 2016, NatalieMacLean.com
4 STARS – “This Riesling produced in the Kelowna area is the epitome of a good white wine of terroir and cool climate. 15 grams of sugar per liter, depending on the SAQ website, but they are perceived as almost no sugar-acid balance is harmonious. Vibrant and with a structure and a holding mouth noteworthy; crisp flavors of lemon and a mineral structure that persists in the final. It can be drunk now taking care of the air a minimum of one hour in a carafe, but it will be at its best in 4-5 years.” Nadia Fournier, June 2016, WineAlign.com
“Every wine lover loves good riesling. Strikes a near-perfect balance of sweetness (it’s quite dry), acid, mineral, and apple-type fruit. So freakin’ delicious.” – Tom Firth, August 2016, EatNorth.com
“Kelowna-based Tantalus Vineyards has long set the bar for cooler-climate B.C. wines, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see the winery back in the Winnipeg market. The Tantalus 2015 Riesling (Okanagan Valley, B.C. — $21.97, Liquor Marts and beyond) offers complex lemon, green apple, lime as well as modest herbal, spice and chalky aromas. On the dry, light-bodied but incredibly vibrant palate, the green apple, lime, chalky, grapefruit and sour lemon notes come with medium acidity, making this a remarkable food-friendly white. The best B.C. Riesling I’ve tasted in a long time. 4.5/5″ – Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, September 2016, The Winnipeg Free Press