OUR WINES

2014 was the first vintage under our Tantalus label. New Zealand’s Bob Campbell, one of only 353 Masters of Wine in the world, awarded our 2014 Évoque, a merlot dominant blend, 96 points out of 100.

In world class wine competitions, including The Wine International Competition and The Air New Zealand Wine Show, we have been awarded gold, silver and bronze, by judging panels including MW, MS and well recognised critics Michael Cooper, Sam Kim and Raymond Chan.

Our reserve range is unfined, bottled under cork and careful cellaring will be rewarded.

Our wines made for early drinking and/or medium term cellar ageing are bottled under screw cap.

ESTATE WINES
ÉCLUSE: RESERVE 2014
This deep garnet Cabernet-dominant blend opens with aromas of dark berries and fresh violets. The palate reveals blackcurrant and black cherry notes, underpinned by dried herbs, fresh mint, toast and tar. The Écluse is a muscular wine with tremendous structure, grippy tannins and sustained length. Cellar for 10+ years.
ÉVOQUE: RESERVE 2014
An outstanding example of a merlot-dominant blend: soft, supple and full bodied. Sweet black cherry, red berries and chocolate notes prevail, with hints of wild herbs and tobacco in the background. Silky tannins and a long, persistent finish complete the story. Cellar for 10+ years.

VOILÉ: RESERVE 2014 – SOLD OUT

Syrah grapes flourished during vintage 2014. The hot dry, warm conditions allowed the Syrah to fully ripen, with skins slowly wrinkling as harvest neared, concentrating flavours and promising great things to come. And so it proved: The Voilé Reserve 2014 is a deep garnet-purple wine bursting with a nose that releases aromas of violets and sandalwood. The palate displays ripe blackberry, bitter chocolate, cassis, liquorice and cedar, complemented by a velvety tannic structure and great length. This wine will reward long term cellaring.

MERLOT CABERNET FRANC: ESTATE 2014
This is the “little brother” of our Evoque – an approachable wine that deliciously reveals its character to you in its youth. The 2014 vintage was superb. Dry at the outset, with settled conditions in early spring, and warmer than usual weather during flowering created ideal conditions for a healthy fruit set. Welcome rain just after Christmas delivered much needed moisture, followed by settled weather through until harvest. The result is a velvety wine with concentrated notes of plums accompanied by fresh black fruits. Enjoy with friends.

PINOT GRIS 2015 – Sold Out

Rosé 2017

CACHETTE: RESERVE 2015 – SOLD OUT

ESTATE WINES
ÉCLUSE: RESERVE 2014
This deep garnet Cabernet-dominant blend opens with aromas of dark berries and fresh violets. The palate reveals blackcurrant and black cherry notes, underpinned by dried herbs, fresh mint, toast and tar. The Écluse is a muscular wine with tremendous structure, grippy tannins and sustained length. Cellar for 10+ years.
ÉVOQUE: RESERVE 2014
An outstanding example of a merlot-dominant blend: soft, supple and full bodied. Sweet black cherry, red berries and chocolate notes prevail, with hints of wild herbs and tobacco in the background. Silky tannins and a long, persistent finish complete the story. Cellar for 10+ years.

VOILÉ: RESERVE 2014 – SOLD OUT

Syrah grapes flourished during vintage 2014. The hot dry, warm conditions allowed the Syrah to fully ripen, with skins slowly wrinkling as harvest neared, concentrating flavours and promising great things to come. And so it proved: The Voilé Reserve 2014 is a deep garnet-purple wine bursting with a nose that releases aromas of violets and sandalwood. The palate displays ripe blackberry, bitter chocolate, cassis, liquorice and cedar, complemented by a velvety tannic structure and great length. This wine will reward long term cellaring.
MERLOT CABERNET FRANC: ESTATE 2014
This is the “little brother” of our Evoque – an approachable wine that deliciously reveals its character to you in its youth. The 2014 vintage was superb. Dry at the outset, with settled conditions in early spring, and warmer than usual weather during flowering created ideal conditions for a healthy fruit set. Welcome rain just after Christmas delivered much needed moisture, followed by settled weather through until harvest. The result is a velvety wine with concentrated notes of plums accompanied by fresh black fruits. Enjoy with friends.

PINOT GRIS 2015 – SOLD OUT

ROSÉ 2017

CACHETTE: RESERVE 2015 – SOLD OUT

REGIONAL WINES
SYRAH 2015 – Hawkes Bay

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 – Marlborough

PINOT GRIS 2016 – Hawkes Bay
CHARDONNAY 2015 – Marlborough

Rosé 2016 – Hawkes Bay

MÉTHODE TRADITIONELLE BRUT NV – HAWKES BAY
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REGIONAL WINES
SYRAH 2015 – HAWKES BAY
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 – MARLBOROUGH
PINOT GRIS 2016 – HAWKES BAY
CHARDONNAY 2015 – MARLBOROUGH
ROSÉ 2016 – HAWKES BAY
MÉTHODE TRADITIONELLE BRUT NV – HAWKES BAY
ALEX PEREZ
WINEMAKER

Alex’s Spanish and Italian heritage and his international experience contribute immensely to his winemaking and brewing skills.

He grew up in Argentina surrounded by his country’s famous varietal Malbec, Spain’s hugely complex Pedro Ximenez and the enigmatic Sangiovese dominant blends of Chianti Classico.

He is a qualified food scientist, award-winning winemaker, and brewer, holding many certificates and diplomas in wine, advanced viticulture and microbiology. His passion for continuous education has inspired him to pursue the most prestigious wine qualification in the world – to become a Master of Wine.

Following ten vintages honing his winemaking skills, Alex travelled to the US and became fascinated with the craft beer revolution. That, and a season in London, was an awe-inspiring introduction to the complex world of real ales, European malts, American hops and Belgian yeasts. His modus operandi remains “vintage every autumn for grapes, and vintage every week for grains”.

Alex works in the winery with Chris and in the brewery with Bernard Neate, our Head Brewer and oversees our onsite microbiology laboratory. He is dedicated to making “outstanding wines, from vine to bottle”.

In addition Alex is working on brine-infused cheeses, mushrooms, chocolates and limoncellos. He manages Tantalus Estate beehives, tucked away in our native bush, beside the merlot-syrah block, which seasonally produces our unique and very precious honey.

CLARE DUNLEAVY

CELLAR DOOR MANAGER

After writing everyone else’s bios, there was one left to do – my own.  It’s strange to write about me, because I love to write about you.  I’ve worked in the wine and hospitality industries on Waiheke and in Auckland since 1993.  After many years living in Europe, I settled on Waiheke and began working on my family’s vineyard, Te Motu.  I studied wine and accrued knowledge working in the wine trade with public, private and corporate customers.  The Dunleavy family have a great name in our NZ wine industry, thanks mainly to my Dad Terry. I’m very fortunate to be part of it, albeit carving out my own career.

I’ve worked in many of our beautiful Waiheke vineyard restaurants and cellar doors.  A highlight was being nominated Metro’s Restaurant Personality of the Year while working at The Oyster Inn.  If you stay put somewhere long enough, you get to know many wonderfully engaging, talented, creative, warm and wise people – an endless stream of colour in my life.  I walk into the restaurant workday and am lucky enough to thread in and out of your lives.

I’d always wanted to write a book – and in 2017 I actually did!  Waiheke Island: A World of Wine, The People Behind the Labels, with portraits by the late Marti Friedlander was published and launched on a truly memorable evening here at Tantalus. I’ve written about the brave and clever people who have planted vineyards on Waiheke and established a world-class wine industry. A highlight and absolute honour was speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival in May with Jane Skilton MW.

I work with the fabulously talented team at Tantalus and talk to you about wine.  When I’m not doing that, I’m at home with Denis, talking about art, life, culture.  My early morning power-walks keep me sane.  Travel to Europe is constantly on the horizon – surrounding myself in diverse cultures with food, wine, art, language, architecture, landscape… just one curious anonymous kiwi breathing in our spine-tingling world – constantly amazed, sometimes overwhelmed with each new day and all that life offers.