Tantalus Vineyards

(250) 764-0078 1670 Dehart Rd
Kelowna, CA V1W 4N6
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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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Tantalus Riesling 2013


    This latest edition of the reputed Tantalus Riesling has a slightly more dense nose of icing sugar sprinkled over pear, apricot and green apple; the mouth-feel is viscous, Mosel-like with citrus (noted with this producer), honey, peach and apricot mid-palate with more sweetness than in past vintages. Finish is fresh, acidic and lingering. Bett... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Riesling 2012


    Finally, a truly balanced Tantalus Riesling. The gentle pear and MacIntosh Apple nose is followed - on entry - by a (still) bracing grapefruit-like acidity - which is a good thing - but this factor is balanced by much heavier fruit and viscosity. The wine is British Columbia for sure but has cross elements of Rheingau and Alsace on the finish.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2010


    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 po... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2008


    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 fru... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2009


    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... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Would definitely be interested in hearing what people think are the best wineries, and wines, in the Okanagan. Hopefully with an explanation why. Have a good friend going for an extended stay, based in Kelowna, in a month or so, and it'd be nice to be able to offer some pointers. She and her husband drink a lot of New Zealand sauvignon blanc,... Read More

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  • Wow! Just visited their new building. Grand Opening on May 8th...soft opening on April 29th...nice Pinot Noir and I agree the Riesling 2007 is as crisp as a granny smith apple.

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  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2008


    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. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2007


    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 bala... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Okanagan Valley Vqa 2007


    Very crisp, made me think of granny smith apples. Read More

    Wine review by jette16


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