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TINHORN CREEK The Creek 2015

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92 Points

The blend for this flagship wine is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The fruit predominantly comes from the highest elevation site on the estate’s Black Sage Bench Diamondback vineyard with only the Petite Verdot and Malbec sourced from the Golden Mile Bench. The grapes are destemmed and partially crushed, leaving some whole berries and pumped to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, which is then pressed and racked to 40% new French and Hungarian oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 24 months. It has a robust, heady nose of thick black currants, juicy blackberries, dark plums, flecks of crunchy red fruits, mocha, elegant spice notes and sweet tobacco. It has a spicy bite on the palate with a range of concentrated dark fruits, kirsch, plums, raspberry preserves, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, subtle earthiness and a big, long finish. Top notch wine here that call cellar 15+ years.

March 2019

About Rick VanSickle

Rick VanSickle’s background is in the newspaper industry as an editor and a wine writer. He wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun in 1999 that expanded to include most Sun newspapers, including the Toronto Sun and, later, as the local wine writer for the St. Catharines Standard. Rick has now turned his attention to focus on Niagara, Ontario and B.C. wines. He is a feature writer and international wine reviewer for Quench Wine Magazine and also writes other freelance articles on wine-related travel, and features related to the wine industry.