2015 Old Vines Riesling

This wine exhibits all the lovely attributes that Riesling fans have come to expect from Tantalus. Not because it tastes the same from year to year, but rather because we allow the climatic growing conditions to shape the character of each vintage.

Pale lemon in color, the aromatics are at once intense, yet subtle and complex. A myriad of aromatics, from lemon zest to wet slate to white flowers are present. The palate is diverse and developed, a result of the wine being aged in bottle for 2 years before its release. Apples, pineapple, intense lime and mandarin all play their part.

Carrying the signature crisp acidity of our Block 5 1978 plantings, this is a wine that is more about texture and complexity - a true expression of the earth it is grown in.

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our wines remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode.

Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.

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.

 

ACCOLADES

94 points - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun

Old Vines is the pinnacle wine of place at Tantalus shepherded by winemaker and GM David Paterson. The vines are planted on a single two-acre plot known as Block 5 over marginal, deep silty soils protected from the warm, late-day sun by a stand of Ponderosa Pine. As warm as 2015 was, it would appear the vines shut down during the warmest weeks, thus saving the wine from developing massive amounts of sugar accumulation at the expense of its normally intense acidity. After two years in the cellar it’s ready for showtime.

Stony, mineral citrus, lemon verbena notes preview an intensely flavoured version of Riesling with an equally savoury undercurrent. Wild herbs mix effortlessly with floral scents, lime pith, nectarines, grapefruit and pineapple in a barely off-dry format. A unique bottle of wine, a storyteller that may not be for every palate unless of course you love wine in all its glory. Real wine.