2018 Reserve Chardonnay

An inaugural release to share our long-held commitment to this beloved variety, and to highlight the special relationship between Tantalus and artist Dempsey Bob, joining the ranks with our Reserve Pinot Noir.

"It is no secret Tantalus proprietor Eric Savics and I share a deep love of Chardonnay and for years we have wanted to showcase the purity of fruit we see from our eldest parcel on site. Originally planted by the Dulik family back in 1985, this special block has aged so gracefully and the resulting juice is just so pure and subtle. Year after year the fruit showcases such an energetic and nervy minerality.

As we blended our 2018 flagship Chardonnay at 11 months of élevage, we felt two puncheons from this special block stood out and needed to be bottled separately. We decided to age these two puncheons a further six months before bottling in Spring 2020. We are so proud of this wine and honoured to feature this exquisite gold mask by artist Dempsey Bob on its label.”

- David Paterson, Winemaker and GM

A shimmery, golden hue in the glass, this wine is a subtle and nuanced expression of fine quality Chardonnay. A complex bounty of aromas: flint, fresh-baked sourdough, peach, lemon curd and apple purée. Wrapped up with nuances of caramel apple and roasted pineapple, and juxtaposed beautifully by savoury notes of olive brine, rock salt and chalk dust.

The palate possesses wonderful sense of place and has a great umami presence. Flavours of granny smith apple and bosc pear, a touch of brown butter, lemon peel with a splash of herb character: namely rosemary and spruce tip. The minerality on the long finish is there in spades and a fresh salinity on the back palate keeps you going back for more. Built to age, this wine will only improve in nuance and complexity with time spent in cellar.

55 cases made.

Learn more about our connection to artist Dempsey Bob.

Receive a Tantalus wood crate with your six-bottle Reserve Chardonnay purchase.


Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.6%
Residual Sweetness: 1.10 g/L
pH: 3.18
Total Acidity: 7.46 g/L


91 POINTS - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi On Wine, Tasted May 2020


    A mild but long winter with lots of late-season snowfall delayed bud break by a few days compared to our long-term average, and resulted in a slow start to the growing season. Once spring arrived however, the vines switched gears and caught back up to a more normal pace by June. Flowering took place under ideal conditions (dry and warm) and July then brought us beautiful Okanagan summer conditions.

    A couple weeks of haze from wildfire smoke slowed the vines down in August and delayed veraison and subsequent ripening slightly. Fortunately, our grapes and wines were not impacted by the smoke. Harvest began in early September and, thanks to cool, dry weather which allowed our grapes to ripen gently, lasted until the end of October.