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2016 Riesling Ice Wine

2016 Riesling Ice Wine by Tantalus Winery
2016_Riesling_Ice_Wine by Tantalus Winery
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Icewine – the ultimate waiting game… Luckily for us the 2016 harvest arrived nice and early on December 8th, offering us fruit that escaped wrestling with the ravages of winter.

A classically beautiful varietal for dessert wine, a handful of Riesling rows were set aside early in the season destined for our 2016 pick. Our winemaker selected a pocket of the vineyard known for its intensity of fruit and bright acidity.

With our first major cold snap on the horizon, our pickers were readied and the call was made in the middle of the night. Picking commenced in the early morning hours at a chilly -10 Celsius, kicking off at 4:00 AM, with the help of tractor lights and headlamps.

The fruit was in the press by 6:00 AM and shortly thereafter the first golden drops of nectar were falling into the juice tray.

The resulting wine offers aromas of roasted pineapple, fresh lime with baked apples and spice. The palate is beautifully balanced with opulent sweetness and a hallmark Tantalus fresh acidity. Flavours of orchard fruit are balanced by bright citrus and quince, offering the wine great tension, lift and of course, ageability.

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 Winery from Kelowna, BC

Tantalus WineryKelowna, 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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