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Tantalus Old Vines Riesling Natural Bruttext
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Tantalus Old Vines Riesling Natural Brut 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Tantalus' renowned block of old vines riesling, planted in 1978, the Natural Brut shows an alternate expression of this fruit. It comes from the same pick as the exceptional Old Vines Riesling, but a small lot is diverted to their sparkling program. There's real complexity and precision here, with bright lemon, apple, honey, and wet stone, alongside a surprising amount of biscuity autolytic character from 22 months on lees. It's impeccably balanced in a brut nature style (5 g/L dosage), which works beautifully with the fruit ripeness here. This will make you rethink traditional method riesling. It's no wonder it's already sold out at the winery.Tasted: 30 April 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 43.48 winery online/direct Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 450262UPC: 626990154310