2007 Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Old Vines

Rating: ★★★★☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Tantalus Vineyards
Variety: Riesling
Designation: Old Vines
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $30 (winery), $30 (Taylorwood), $37 (EWine)

He says: It’s no wonder that one of the most famous Masters of Wine, Jancis Robinson, rated a past vintage as one of the best bottles out of Canada. Tantalus is renown for their Riesling, and the Old Vines bottling is at the pinnacle of what is produced in BC. Beautiful fruit that manages to be dry and flavourful without excessive tartness, and a thread of acidity that is well-balanced from start to finish. A perfect example of what you’d call a ‘racy’ wine, with acidity that dances across your tongue. Buy, hold, drink!

She says: Now this is my kind of Riesling! The nose was by far the most complex and it followed through to the palate. Lovely layers of citrus, mineral and petrol with some riper fruit on the palate. The super dry but not tart finish lingered on and on. This was easily the winner for me.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale to med- lemon
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, citrus, petrol, mineral
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med+ intensity, citrus, green apple, mineral, lime, pear, petrol, med alcohol, med+ to long finish
Summary: Excellent, Can develop further but very drinkable now

6 comments to 2007 Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Old Vines

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.