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2015 Riesling Ice Wine

2015 Riesling Ice Wine by Tantalus
2015_Riesling_Ice_Wine by Tantalus
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Icewine – the ultimate waiting game… Luckily for us the 2015 harvest arrived nice and early on November 26th offering us fruit that escaped wrestling with the ravages of winter.

We hand picked at 4 AM in minus 9 C, by the light of our headlamps and our farm tractor’s overhead lights. By 7 AM the fruit was in the press and the first golden drops of nectar were falling into the juice tray.

Harvested from a handful of frozen rows, our 2015 Riesling Icewine is electrifyingly pure with incredible length and complexity.

A shimmery rich gold in the glass, aromas of roasted pineapple, fresh lemon with baked Granny Smith apples and lime-infused caramel command the nose. The palate is beautifully balanced with opulent sweetness and a hallmark Tantalus fresh acidity.

A myriad of flavours are present: layers of sliced apple, pie crust, lemon curd and peach crumble.

The finish is long, long, long….

Tantalus was established in 2004 when Proprietor Eric Savics was presented with the opportunity to acquire one of the Okanagan Valley’s premier vineyard properties. Originally known as Pioneer Vineyards, the site was first planted to table grapes in 1927 by renowned, local horticulturist JW Hughes.

After tasting several vintages of wines made by the former owner, Eric felt this was indeed a very special vineyard. He, along with his team, established the site’s ultimate potential would be fully realized by focusing on a small, terroir-driven line of wines made from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The old vine plantings – 1978 Riesling and 1985 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay became the backbone of the vineyard. Other varietals were removed and new plantings of the 3 flagship varietals commenced in 2005. The vineyard would not only have considerable vine age as its anchor, it would grow to have superior clone variation as well.

Tantalus’ inaugural 2005 vintage immediately attracted the attention of national and international wine critics and Tantalus was quickly added to a short list of Canada’s very best Riesling producers. Today, in addition to Riesling, Tantalus is also recognized for consistently producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

With the success of the wines and the increase in production, came the need to build a new winery. Tantalus’ sleek new facility was completed in March 2010 and has the distinction of being British Columbia’s first LEED-certified winery.

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Tantalus  from Kelowna, BC

Tantalus Kelowna, BC

Tantalus was established in 2004 when Proprietor Eric Savics was presented with the opportunity to acquire one of the Okanagan Valley’s premier vineyard properties. Originally known as Pioneer Vineyards, the site was first planted to table grapes i

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