2017 Juveniles Chardonnay

Our Juveniles Chardonnay is a pure expression of our youngest block of plantings – styled to be fruit-forward and approachable.

The nose is classic Chardonnay with aromas of jasmine, Fuji apple, lemon rind and fresh oyster shell. The palate is lush and full with a wonderfully bright acidity. Lemon verbena, crushed oats, quince paste with toasty almond and butter notes are all wrapped up with a hallmark Tantalus minerality.

All sourced from our single vineyard estate, our young gun Chardonnay block was handpicked and vinified in small lots using entirely wild fermentation. The wine was crafted in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels, this ensured the purity of the fruit was maintained with just a wisp of oak present. At only 6 years old, this young vineyard is already showing incredible potential and we are very excited to see the site evolve and develop over the next 20 years.

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the 2016 growing season got off to a slower start compared to seasonal averages. True bud break took place during the first week of May; slightly later than seasonal averages. In contrast, the summer was hotter than average and sunny days made up for the late spring. 

Although smoke haze from regional fires was present during parts of summer, it actually mitigated hot temperatures. The result was a slowing of the ripening phase, preventing sugar from accumulating too quickly over such a hot period. Smoke taint was a concern for some areas of the valley, however, we saw no influence on our wines. Overall our crop was slightly lower than average, leading to beautifully concentrated wines with great pedigree and ageability.

 

ACCOLADES

89 points - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun

You need deep pockets to create wines made from young vines because it takes as much work or more to make them, and while they may have purity of flavour, complexity doesn’t come easy. At Tantalus the juveniles, or youngest blocks of vines, go into this wine.

The palate is full of bright acidity and soft creamy lemon verbena flavours with a leesy, crushed oats undercurrent. As impressive as last year, and with vines a mere six years old we can expect much more to come from this site. Chill this one down for best results now and serve with simply prepared seafood dishes.