Tantalus Vineyards -  "Blanc De Noir" 2013

Kelowna, B.C. $44.95

A few years ago, Tantalus Vineyards was producing my favorite Pinot Noir ever. It was from their single block of Clone 93 vines that were planted in 1985.

When I was told that Tantalus was not going to be using these grapes to make the still wine anymore, I was heartbroken… until I learned that they would be using those grapes to make a Blanc de Noir (aka sparkling wine)!

I am a firm believer that bubbles are perfect for any and every occasion. Whether you’re celebrating something or it’s just any old day of the week, bubbles work and they pair with almost everything. As British author Hester Browne once said: “Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.”

While this wine is technically not Champagne, it is made using the Tradition Method or Méthode Champenoise. The base wine was fermented and aged for 6 months in neutral oak barrels. Secondary fermentation took place in late May during its 2 year tirage. The wine was disgorged in the Spring of 2016 and received a light 2013 Pinot Noir dosage before finishing in bottle.

Tasting Notes:

A magnificent pale rose petal pink in colour, the wine pours with a wonderfully persistent bead and mouth-filling mousse. Aromas of sun-baked red apple, fresh oysters, orchard blossom and cherry almond biscotti lift out of the glass. The palate has a voluptuous mouth-feel with raspberry, refreshing gooseberry and lush mandarin topped off with a pink grapefruit flesh finish that carries on and on. David Paterson, the winemaker at Tantalus, says he expects this sparkling wine to evolve beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.