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Tantalus Chardonnaytext

Tantalus Chardonnay 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Tantalus flagship chardonnay comes off a mix of 35-year-old estate vines and vines planted in 2007, mixing French clones 76 and 95. It is all fermented using native yeats and aged for ten months in French barriques and puncheons. Only 30 percent of the wines see new oak, but all of the wine goes through the acid softening malolactic process. Its reductive leesy nose and palate paint a tightly restrained fruit picture built around pears and green apple with a citrus undercurrent and a touch of spice. A blockbuster effort from a generous vintage, it should easily go the distance to 2028 and beyond. It's rare to see such a concentrated effort this far north, but I embrace it with gusto.Tasted: 12 July 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$36.50750mlwinery online/direct
Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 114884UPC: 626990067405