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Tantalus Old Vines Pinot Piquette 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIf you haven't heard, orange wine / volcanic wine / natural wine is no longer the hot new wine category; it's piquette. Though it certainly sounds new and trendy, piquette is a very old traditional French way of using up grape skins and stems, giving them a quick (re)ferment, and bottling them right away, capturing the slight effervescence, and slighter alcohol (here 6.1.%) for a refreshing drink, usually for the farmers, to consume near instantly. It's a byproduct of the winemaking process, and not 'wine' itself. This super humble, super economical product is now a hot category, demanding quite a high price, and a place on hip kids' wine programs. The Tantalus Piquette fits that bill. This Pinot Piquette took the gently-pressed grape skins and stems of our Rosé-destined Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, rehydrated with water for a few days, and pressed again. The resulting juice is fermented in stainless, and bottled while still fermenting to capture a small prickle of fizz. A cloudy cherry hue, this bottle shrieks with VA and ethyl acetate, chopping off any of the prettyish candied raspberry, strawberry underneath. Short, light, but faulted, at least my bottle.Tasted: 25 May 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 17.50 winery online/direct Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 63787UPC: 626990332091