2015 Pinot Noir Reserve

An inaugural release to honour our single-vineyard site, our winemaking philosophy and the special relationship between Tantalus and artist Dempsey Bob.

"For several vintages now, our winemaking team has noticed the exceptional quality of one particular parcel of fruit - our Block 1, Clone 667 Pinot Noir. The 2015 vintage saw these vines reach ten years old, and the resulting wine in barrel showed remarkable presence, texture and purity; we felt it deserved to stand alone.

From this special site, our first ever Reserve Pinot Noir was born. We are very proud of this wine and honoured to feature this exquisite gold mask by artist Dempsey Bob on its label.

We expect it to join the ranks of British Columbia's most exciting Pinot Noirs."

- David Paterson, Winemaker and GM

Subtle notes of violet and ripe cherries alongside raspberry and savoury herbs emerge on the nose. Lush and full on the palate with a caress of well-resolved, luxurious tannins. Choke cherry, cranberries and an earth-driven minerality support the lingering, silky finish. 

Crafted from a combination of our best parcels of Clone 667, 115 and 828 Pinot Noir, this wine underwent 100% wild fermentation, with 40% whole cluster use prior to spending 16 months in French oak.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
100 cases made. 

Learn more about our connection to artist Dempsey Bob.

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


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.



91 points - Anthony Gismondi, GismondiOnWine.com

I first encountered this wine a year ago in the cellar and was blown away by its promise back then. A year later in bottle it hardly disappoints. The first ever Tantalus reserve pinot stands out from its gold Dempsey Bob mask and a wax dipped capsule, to its delicate sweet pinot personality. Winemaker David Paterson makes a barrel selection from his top parcels, centered on clone 667 with lesser volumes from clone 115 and 828.

The attack is sweet and round but with a delicate underbelly flecked with plums, black cherries, wafting notes of raspberries dusted with cinnamon and pepper. Sonoma Coast meets East Kelowna and I love it. Forty percent whole cluster, native fermented and aged 16 months in all French oak (30 percent new). Get it while you can.

95 points - John Schreiner, Good Grog

This wine, made largely from a single clone (667) of 10-year-old Pinot Noir, is the first reserve Pinot Noir from this winery. And what a way to come from the gate! The wine, dark in colour, also includes some clone 115 and 828 Pinot Noir. There are cherry aromas mingled with spice and herbs. It takes the palate by storm, with intense fruit flavours and savoury herbs on the finish. The silky tannins give the wine great elegance.