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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...
This wine's golden hue shows its barrel fermentation components and gentle aging. Nose is full of spice and tropical fruit, with hints of honey, minerals and lime. Palate is rich and textured with biscotti and graham cracker, before quickly shifting to plum skin and lemon zest in the bright long finish.
2016 looked like another hot ripe year like 2015 due to a record early bud break but a cool June and July slowed the growing season significantly. Moderate disease pressure was present for the first time in years so diligent work in the vineyard was required to keep the fruit clean. In September the sun came out and resulted in an excellent year for whites, with slow, steady sugar accumulation and beautiful acids retained with the cool nights. The Chardonnay was picked over several weeks, with each block selected at optimal ripeness.
The early harvested fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel barrels and tanks with selected yeast strains. Machine harvested fruit was fermented in oak (French and American) using only native yeast. The barrel portion went through malolactic fermentation, while the stainless component did not, retaining the great freshness of malic acid in the wine.