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. 


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.


92 points - Anthony Gismondi, GismondiOnWine.com

2017 was an interesting year at Tantalus, beginning with a sluggish start before the summer cranked up the heat to record temperatures. All of this led to regional fires and hazy skies that lessened the sunlight and heat in the north Okanagan, delayed the riesling crop and kept the sugars in check. A slightly smaller crop did what it always does: concentrated the flavours in the grapes, leading to some spectacular wines.

Add to that old vines that date back to 1978 and a two-month harvest and you begin to sense the fabric of this wine. Last year we said it was joyously and confidently off-dry, and so it is in 2017 with even more lime, pear laced with tangerine, ginger and guava cut tightly with a mineral undercurrent. Keep your eye on the bottle because in our experience it tends to disappear in minutes when opened. Oh, and you can serve this refreshing gem with just about anything you can think of.