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Tantalus Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTantalus makes two chardonnays every year: a youthful vines label known as Bear and this rich, full, powerful and prospectively age-worthy one. The richness is undoubtedly evident from first wooded whiff, full of lemon curd, toast, sweet vanilla blossoms, ripe pear, green apple pastry and ample stony mineral spice. At this stage, that wood overrides the fruit, giving just glimpses of what's underneath, until the warming clove finish. However, this wine has structure and intensity, which will be rewarded with time in the cellar. This wine is based on estate 1985 plantings of Oppenheim clone, alongside younger components of Dijon clones, planted in 2007 and 2013. After a native ferment, this aged ten months oak barriques and puncheons, 30 percent new.Tasted: 02 May 2019Tasted by: Prices:
BC$27.83750mlwinery direct, private wine shops
Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 114884UPC: 626990067405