So, this is pretty much a real time tasting note of a sparkling wine from Canada’s Okanagan Valley that’s in my glass at the moment. Tantalus has been growing grapes since 1927, and this Riesling vineyard was planted in 1978, which for Vitis vinifera in the Okanagan, is pretty ancient history. It’s from clone 21B, and this is a really interesting sparkling wine, made with a light dosage, and weighing in at a generous 13.1% alcohol. There’s a lovely balance to this wine: it carries the fruity citrus personality of Riesling and combines it with subtly toasty complexity. This was aged on the lees for two years.
Tantalus Old Vines Riesling Natural Brut 2013 Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
Lovely fresh, lively citrus fruit (lime and grapefruit pith) with a hint of honey and melon richness, as well as subtle toast notes. There’s a lovely lively personality to this wine, as well as a little sweetness on the finish adding nice balance to the acidity. There’s just a hint of baked apple on the finish. It’s distinctive and quite different, and I really like it. 90/100
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