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Established by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families on the South Okanagan’s legendary Golden Mile Bench in 1993, Tinhorn Creek is a very special winegrowing project, comprising 150 acres of spectacular vineyards in two distinct areas, one on either side of the valley. The two vineyards have significantly different soils, exposures, and microclimates. This is a big advantage, providing the opportunity to cultivate a wide range of grape varieties in optimum conditions. From the beginning, the...
A brick red hue, typical of aged Pinot Noir, gives a bold and complex appearance. On the nose the wine yields cranberry and dried cherries before giving way to a smoky, herbal, earthy note. It continues to develop as it opens up. Next, a wave of aromatics shows dried orange rind, star anise and cinnamon. The pallet is delicate and supple with tart cherry fruit, black tea, cloves, and finishes with a dark orange chocolate bite.
This was one of the coldest harvests on record for the South Okanagan, which happens to suit Pinot Noir just fine. Still, a dry year with little disease or pest pressure yielded clean, ripe fruit. This cool climate variety retains more acid in cooler years which gave the wine more aging potential than usual. The vineyard was shoot thinned in the spring to ensure an evenly spaced canopy during the main growing season. It was then fruit thinned and green harvested to reduce yield and to cut out bunches that would cause uneven ripening.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine was inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally before the temperature was maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs. This method was used to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wine was then pressed to older barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines were kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. Further aging was performed for two years in-bottle to allow for proper bottle conditioning to occur and to bring out the true complexities of this great varietal.
- 91 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, July 2014
Seductive, supple, impressive.
The premium Oldfield Series label Pinot Noir has seductive aromas of cherries and black raspberry, sarsaparilla, a bouquet of violets and roses with sweet and peppery spices. It has a supple, gorgeous weight with generous flavour and excellent balance. Expect fantastic fruit expression on the palate with hints of spice and tea leaf on the finish.
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Pair: Grilled wild salmon, roast beef, slow cooked beef brisket or a caramelized onion and wild mushroom pizza.