Tantalus Reserve Chardonnay 2018
- New Zealand, 750ml
Harmonious and elegant, this medium bodied Chardonnay balances rich texture with lively freshness. The palate opens with lime oil, preserved lemons and juicy green apple followed by ripe Anjou pear, nectarine and white peach delivering an unctuous palate. Subtle undertones of honeysuckle, lightly roasted nuts and brioche lead to a finish that lingers with notes of ginger, spices and beeswax. A wine of unique character, complexity and versatile with a persistent finish.
- Winery: Tantalus Estate
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Cellaring Potential: 2020 - 2026
- Other: Sustainable Winegrowing, contains sulphites
- Food pairing: Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls, White Fish Terrine with Salmon Roe and Dill, Rabbit Pate Campagne, Garlic Brandy Prawns, Veal Blanquette
Whole bunch pressed in a horizontal pneumatic press and slowly fermented in an ovoid concrete vat using a combination of indigenous and selected yeasts. A portion of the wine was fermented and aged in French oak with regular battonage for added complexity. Matured for 10 months with partial malolactic fermentation. The maximized contact with yeast lees ensured an incredibly textural mouthfeel.
Nobody thought that the Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island could be restored to its former glory, but when you’re the kind of people where determination replaces sleep like Campbell and Carrie Aitken, anything is possible! After tirelessly pruning, clipping, and ripping out the original vines, a bit of experience in tourism (and a lot of determined Kiwi ingenuity), Campbell and Carrie bought and transformed the old brewery into the estate that it is today: Proud, elegant and premium.
The Aitken’s love and understanding of people and cultures is the foundation of everything that they do at Tantalus Estate, and it shows in their winery as well as their hospitality. Their winemaking process is characterised by elegance and subtlety, constantly pursuing excellence and carefully choreographing every step of production so that each vintage is better than the last, every drop leaving an indelible impression.
- 92/100 Points - Bob Campbell
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