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.

ACCOLADES

Gold Medalist - National Wine Awards of Canada

94 Points - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun

92 Points - David Lawrason, Wine Align

92 Points - Michael Godello, Wine Align

91 Points - Heather Rankin, Wine Align

 

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.