2020 Blanc de Blancs - Further Afield Series

Our Further Afield Series has emerged out of a desire for our winemaking team to explore British Columbia’s most revered varieties, beyond our vineyard borders. Sourced from compelling sites but crafted with a Tantalus perspective.

This 100% single vineyard expression of traditional method Chardonnay, from the beautiful but small 2020 vintage, is characterized by a lovely and ever evolving nose. Aromas of warm buttery apple pie, oyster shell and lemon arise upon opening. They give way to brioche and a little cardamon spice.

The palate is wonderfully austere with tons of bright quintessential East Kelowna acidity showing through. Green apple and lemon zest dominate the front of the palate while the mid palate shows more pear and a little peach. The finish is long and chalky and mineral-driven. This wine shows its terrior and its vintage so well. A clear lens into the place it comes from.


The connection to our East Kelowna neighbours at Kitsch winery is long and wonderfully storied, built through the sharing and exchange of knowledge, friendship, and even equipment over the years.

Recently, our friends at Kitsch approached us with a special small lot Chardonnay that was quietly resting en tirage for just over two years. We couldn’t resist the task of finishing this wine with our unique sparkling perspective and the resulting release is a lovely harmonizing of two East Kelowna Slopes sites; receiving a light dosage of 6 grams, made from a blend of our Bear Chardonnay and flagship Chardonnay still wines.

We felt although it was not too "further afield" from our home site, it fell most suitably under this dynamic label series. Moving forward, we are thrilled to continue to work with the vineyard and include this special parcel of fruit in our portfolio.


Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 11.6%
Residual Sweetness: 6 g/L
pH: 2.92
Total Acidity: 10.5 g/L


    The 2020 vintage will be remembered as small but mighty, in a year we will of course never forget. Mirroring the winter of 2019, a cold snap of under -20 C in late February harmed several vines and buds but fortunately damage was not as extensive as the previous year. Above average rainfall in May charged the soil with water and gave the vines everything they needed to hit the ground running after bud break. A period of cool and wet weather in early July coincided with flowering, unfortunately resulting in uneven berry set across the property.

    Summer was about as good as the vineyard crew could have hoped for: lots of sunshine, warm temperatures but not too much excessive heat. Vine growth caught up but we eased into harvest a week later than usual, in the second week of September. Luckily, smoky skies on the early days of harvest quickly dissipated so that we enjoyed clear days for the remainder of harvest. Dry conditions and mild temperatures allowed us to pick each block at perfect maturity. Unlike in previous years, the first frost (and snow!) did not arrive until late October, and we escaped harvesting our last bunches in whiteout conditions by only 12 hours!