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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...
Great deep purple colour. Crushed ripe black cherries and pomegranate on the nose. Dried herbs and spicy oak tones give layers of complexity. Ripe blackberries, black licorice, smoke and a dark chocolate finish with dusty tannins giving beautiful length and old world charm.
After back to back cooler-than-average vintages 2012 was a welcome return to typical warm Okanagan summer and cool autumn. The vineyards were in excellent leading up to harvest and there was little to no sorting of fruit in the vineyard or winery. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
The grapes were de-stemmed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine was then inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally, temperature was maintained with pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines were then pressed to new and second fill French Oak barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase, then kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine was then aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
- 93 Points -
Deep purple in colour, the wine has aromas of black cherries and pomegranate. The complex flavours include notes of dried herbs and cedar, blackberry and plum, with smoky notes and dark chocolate. The smooth but concentrated tannin structure will make this a great candidate for cellaring. The winery estimates 10 to 12 years.See detailed press review