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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...
Beautiful rich golden hue with a fleck of emerald. Seductive with rich lemon-lime tart and pastry notes on the nose. Layer after layer; papaya, mango, Amaro, spices and the general sweetness of white and yellow flowers. There is a surprising lightness to the palate’s attack, giving citrus and passion fruit tanginess. Oak gives roundness and depth but definitely a more agile style compared to previous vintages of this Reserve.
After consecutive years of early bud break there was a return to normal weather in the Okanagan with spring of 2017. A record spell of zero precipitation for 45 days starting late June. During harvest, the weather was steady and cool with nighttime temperatures closing in on freezing. The harvest quality was very high, with higher notable acidity but optimal ripeness was achieved. A challenging but very rewarding vintage.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed to ensure clear juice and then sent straight to barrel without racking or separation of solids. Fermented naturally in 50% new and 50% second fill French Oak barrels, only a small amount of Sulphur was added to mitigate bacteria interference with the yeast. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was topped and then moved to the barrel cellar to complete malolactic fermentation. In the spring the wine was blended and returned. Half went back to oak, and the other half to stainless steel barrels to continue the ageing process. After 16 months of ageing the wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.