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Tantalus Riesling
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Tantalus Riesling 2017

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2017 was an interesting year at Tantalus, beginning with a sluggish start before the summer cranked up the heat to record temperatures. All of this led to regional fires and hazy skies that lessened the sunlight and heat in the north Okanagan, delayed the riesling crop and kept the sugars in check. A slightly smaller crop did what it always does: concentrated the flavours in the grapes, leading to some spectacular wines. Add to that old vines that date back to 1978 and a two-month harvest and you begin to sense the fabric of this wine. Last year we said it was joyously and confidently off-dry, and so it is in 2017 with even more lime, pear laced with tangerine, ginger and guava cut tightly with a mineral undercurrent. Keep your eye on the bottle because in our experience it tends to disappear in minutes when opened. Oh, and you can serve this refreshing gem with just about anything you can think of.Tasted: 28 June 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 19.91 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 802280UPC: 626990067412