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Tantalus Chardonnay Reserve 2018

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is the inaugural release of the Reserve Chardonnay, joining the Reserve Pinot Noir with the special Dempsey Bob mask and black / gold label. The fruit comes off the eldest chardonnay block on the estate, planted in 1985. This was a puncheon selection, left an additional 6 months on lees from the wine that made up the 2018 Chardonnay and its 11 months of elevage. Once bottled, it rested for one year prior to release, all 55 cases of it. This savoury, structural wine opens with an alluring wave of flinty reduction that carries through the entire frame, finishing with a lingering rocky salinity, and moving through green apple, Anjou pear, subtle hazelnut meringue in its path. Powerful, yet sophisticated, this wine drinks beautifully now after relaxing in the glass, but will certainly reward with time in the cellar.Tasted: 08 June 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 49.99 winery online, select private retailers Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 112444UPC: 626990332077