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Tantalus Old Vines Rieslingtext

Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Tantalus Old Vine Riesling is a BC treasure, although I’m guessing many wine drinkers haven’t heard of the wine because they don’t drink riesling. It was first planted in 1978, north of 49 degrees, and if that wasn't a cool enough site, all the vines are facing north to seal the deal. Winemaker David Patterson doesn’t do much with the grapes. It is whole bunch pressed and fermented cold for three+ weeks before resting 120 days on its lees and 24 months in bottle. What can I say about this wine that hasn’t already been said? In 2019 it pitched a rich lime and salty palate with lively, mineral, dusty stone notes from front to back. The acid and residual sugar cancel each other out at 11.4 g/L sugar, 10.7 total acidity, setting the stage for a decade and more of ageing. But, of course, you can drink it now with almost any dish in the world. Iconic.Tasted: 12 July 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$39.00750mlwinery online/direct, select private retailers, restaurants
Producer: Tantalus VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 179226UPC: 626990067429