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Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2010

Member Review by zufrieden:

Already losing its youthful flowery bouquet, the 2010 Tantalus Riesling is beginning to pick up the petrol and stewed white fruit on both nose and palate without losing its full-strength citrus-like acidity. Very refreshing on the palate but more serious and best with food. A bit more pH balance would push this wine into 90 point country. 88 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

Member Reviews for Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,949
3.50 5
07/12/2012

Already losing its youthful flowery bouquet, the 2010 Tantalus Riesling is beginning to pick up the petrol and stewed white fruit on both nose and palate without losing its full-strength citrus-like acidity. Very refreshing on the palate but more serious and best with food. A bit more pH balance would push this wine into 90 point country. 88 points.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,949
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/11/2010

Another delightful expression of Riesling from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. The nose is of fresh tropical flowers and similarly situated white fruit with a touch of peach and ginger spice. The entry is equally pleasing with tart acidity that promises some aging potential. The only demerit is a bit too much attention to acidity and less to balance. Reliable, good quality from a serious winery.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,949
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/10/2012

This slightly more distinguished Tantalus offering (vinification tied to a 34 year old block of Riesling) has a smidge more nuanced character than the mainstay product: the nose is showing some aging with notes of gasoline and stewed stone fruit infused with peach cordial. The palate receives a one-two punch of bracing acidity and more stone fruit with zero sweetness. Balance is lacking at the moment as structure is the game here and the wine will last at least another decade in the bottle. Delicious if mouth-puckering, this wine is built for collectors intent on aging a wine to optimality. An Alsatian style with real BC verve. 89 points.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,949
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/22/2010

This edition of Tantalus Riesling is very similar to the 2007: lively acidity with some spice and plenty of apple, pear and tropical fruit on the nose. Overall, the balance is better with a bit of residual sugar to offset the tartness. Good BC Riesling and worth cellaring for a few years.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,949
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/21/2009

Riesling is currently under-performing in British Columbia - this in spite of its proven adaptability to the local climate. But the Tantalus 2007 is a good example of what the variety can do in BC; there are beautiful spice, green apple, pear and wooden match-stick notes on the nose with cleansing acidity on the palate. Though a bit out of balance, it still comes highly recommended as a patio sipper or in concert with fish and crab. A bit more finesse at this price-point is perhaps yet another "next step" in the evolution of this wine.


Snooth User: jette16
22485019
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/29/2009

Very crisp, made me think of granny smith apples.


External Reviews for Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa

External Review
Vintage: 2005 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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