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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...
The nose has that wonderful 2 Bench typicity with white flowers at the fore. Honeycomb and lime zest jump from the glass. Great acidity this year with the elevated Viognier levels. A textured wine with subtle grip and purity on the palate.
This vintage was a slightly below the five-year average for heat in the Okanagan valley, and was close to a normal season over the last twenty years. A long slow fall increased flavour profiles and reduced any chance of too much sugar accumulation.
More Viognier was secured this vintage from Star Vineyard in western Osoyoos. The main components, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc, were fermented naturally in new French oak with a portion being transferred to concrete for a maturation period of about 2.5 months. The balance was fermented in stainless steel using selected yeast strains before being transferred to concrete for ageing. Lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
- 92 Points -
This 44% Viognier, 27% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Sémillon, 5% Muscat and 2% Chardonnay, partially barrel-fermented, partially fermented and aged in concrete. The wine begins with appealing aromas of tropical fruits and spice. On the palate, there are flavours of apple and stone fruits. The texture is excellent.See detailed press review