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Tantalus Pinot Noirtext

Tantalus Pinot Noir 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis, their flagship pinot noir, mixes estate clones 115, 667, 777, 828, 37, and 943, all native fermented by block, often with foot treading to assist, and with 20-40% whole bunches in the mix. After 18-35 days on skins this was pressed into oak barriques (25% new) where it remained for 15 months' rest prior to blending. The final blend rested over winter in neutral oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in February 2021. Herbal cassis, wild blackberry, black plum are at the fore here, followed by savoury thorns, pipe tobacco, stones, and subtle, sultry purple florals. Tannins are firm and lightly gritty, while acidity is easily on pace to hold all in check to a lingering saline finish. This is a big wine, yet fresh and well structured, and will show its best with a short stint in the cellar (as intended).Tasted: 14 October 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$33.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 200881UPC: 626990067399