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Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2005

External Review by Appellation America:

This wine is the first release from Kelowna’s Tantalus Vineyards, a new winery launched by investment dealer Eric Savics and geologist Eira Thomas on one of the Okanagan’s legendary Riesling vineyards. Some of the vines were planted in 1978 by Daniel Dulik, whose family owned the vineyard for 56 years. The first winery that opened here in 1997 was Pinot Reach Cellars; its Old Vines Riesling once attracted a rave notice from British wine critic Jancis Robinson. Savics and Thomas bought the 19-hectare property, including the winery, in 2004. Busy refurbishing the winery and replanting – varieties like Bacchus are being replaced with Riesling and Pinot Noir – the new owners skipped the 2004 vintage.Matt Holmes, the young Australian hired to make the 2005 vintage, has scored a brilliant debut with this wine, which seems inspired by the style of Clare Rieslings. The wine begins with citrus aromas, continuing with flavours of fresh limes and minerals. The bright, even racy, acidity gives the wine a crisp signature on the finish. It is a wine made for food. 88 points.Something to watch for: An ‘Old Vines’ Riesling 2005 is scheduled for release next year. A pre-release sample that I tasted is very promising, with intense citrus fruit, more concentrated minerals and a tingling acidity. 91 points.

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Tantalus Vineyards:
Tantalus' wine making team consists of two dedicated and talented people. Senior winemaking consultant Jacqueline Kemp comes to us via New Zealand's Central Otago region. She brings with her a passion for making Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Jacqueline received her winemaking degree from Lincoln University NZ and she has since gone on to work multiple vintages in Burgundy, Western Aus... Read more
Tantalus' wine making team consists of two dedicated and talented people. Senior winemaking consultant Jacqueline Kemp comes to us via New Zealand's Central Otago region. She brings with her a passion for making Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Jacqueline received her winemaking degree from Lincoln University NZ and she has since gone on to work multiple vintages in Burgundy, Western Australia and New Zealand. She is the former winemaker for Akarua Winery in Central Otago. David Paterson fills the shoes of Tantalus' production winemaker. He's a Kiwi with a Canadian connection, having been born in Vancouver. David also received his winemaking degree from Lincoln University and he's spent the last several years working vintages at premium wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia. David's former position was production winemaker with Henschke Cellars in South Australia. Our vineyard is managed by Warwick Shaw who holds a viticulture diploma from Okanagan University College. Before joining the wine side of things, Warwick understood the relationship between land and climate, having previously been employed as a field technician in the forestry sector. Warwick is passionate about growing premium quality grapes knowing that the potential for great wine is determined in the vineyard. Jane Hatch is the link between great wine and yourself, overseeing general operations, marketing and sales. An ecologist with a love for wine, she introduces our product to restaurants and wine stores near and far, as well as bringing Tantalus to life for those who drop by our Cellar Door. Read less

External Reviews for Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

This wine is the first release from Kelowna’s Tantalus Vineyards, a new winery launched by investment dealer Eric Savics and geologist Eira Thomas on one of the Okanagan’s legendary Riesling vineyards. Some of the vines were planted in 1978 by Daniel Dulik, whose family owned the vineyard for 56 years. The first winery that opened here in 1997 was Pinot Reach Cellars; its Old Vines Riesling once attracted a rave notice from British wine critic Jancis Robinson. Savics and Thomas bought the 19-hectare property, including the winery, in 2004. Busy refurbishing the winery and replanting – varieties like Bacchus are being replaced with Riesling and Pinot Noir – the new owners skipped the 2004 vintage.Matt Holmes, the young Australian hired to make the 2005 vintage, has scored a brilliant debut with this wine, which seems inspired by the style of Clare Rieslings. The wine begins with citrus aromas, continuing with flavours of fresh limes and minerals. The bright, even racy, acidity gives the wine a crisp signature on the finish. It is a wine made for food. 88 points.Something to watch for: An ‘Old Vines’ Riesling 2005 is scheduled for release next year. A pre-release sample that I tasted is very promising, with intense citrus fruit, more concentrated minerals and a tingling acidity. 91 points.




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