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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 is popping and very expressive. Cranberry and cherry up front, but quickly showing orange milk chocolate notes, dried sage, and subtle rose. The palate has beautiful ripe fruit with a sweet cherry core but is wrapped tightly in an earthy mix of dried currant, blueberry and tannins. A long-textured finish means cellaring will reward you with a special wine in a few years yet. Buy by the case.
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.
A tale of two wines. One batch was fermented in small open-top fermenters with 30% whole cluster and allowed to ferment naturally. The second was completely destemmed and fermented in closed top tanks with selected yeast. The temperature was maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. Aged in a small portion of new French oak and then blended and bottled in the summer of 2018. It was then aged in bottle for 6 months to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and to bring out the true complexities of this great variety.