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Tantalus Rieslingtext
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Tantalus Riesling 2020

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe flagship riesling at Tantalus is a study in purity and precision, none of which happens without a lot of work. The colour is pale yellow, the nose is an aromatic rush of orchard fruits with an underlying floral tone throughout. The mix of nectarine, grape, lime and lemon zest keeps it razor-sharp as it travels its long linear palate line before it dissolves, slowly, into a wet stone, mineral finish. In 2020, the harvests took place from October 7 and 23, from several blocks of fruit whose origins date back to the 70s. The parcels are kept separate and fermented in isolation and kept cold on their gross lees to be used judiciously in the final blend. Production was down, but the quality is among the best. I have said it before, and I will say it again; there is nothing regular about the “regular” Tantalus Riesling.Tasted: 30 April 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 22.61 winery online/direct, select private retailers, BCLS Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 802280UPC: 626990067412