2017 Riesling

Our 2017 Riesling continues our tradition of making wines that naturally translate the terroir of our historic vineyard in South East Kelowna.

A wonderful pale green hue, this wine has beautifully bright aromatics of wild jasmine flowers, green apple and exotic tangerine. Mango and fresh pineapple also emerge from the glass.

The palate is classic Tantalus with great presence and concentration. Flavours of citrus and grapefruit with ripe guava and jackfruit are complemented by spicy notes of ginger and nutmeg, offering complexity and length. The wine’s intensity and balance will allow it to live for a long time. Cellar for up to 10 years.

The fruit for our 2017 Riesling was hand-picked at optimal ripeness from a variety of blocks, some of which date back to the late 70’s. Whole-bunched pressed, once in the cellar, ferments were inoculated after a short settling period with a variety of aromatic yeasts. Each tank was fermented in stainless steel to a preserved balance point, just off-dry. 

ACCOLADES

Gold Medalist - National Wine Awards of Canada (Wine Align)

92 Points - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun

91 Points - Michael Godello, Wine Align

91 Points - Alanna McIntyre, Wine Align

4 Stars - Nadia Fournier, Wine Align

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the 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.