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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...
Lovely dark cherry red colour. The nose is beautiful dried herbs, cranberry, red flowers, dark chocolate with orange zest, and black licorice. It opens up showing mushrooms, leather and dried berries. The palate is bright with a red berry compote, and the orange zest and citrus notes typical to Tinhorn, giving the wine a beautiful freshness despite its considerable aging. The wine finishes with soft tannins, persistence and elegance.
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 very good condition leading up to harvest and there was little to no sorting of fruit necessary 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 destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine was then inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally. Temperature and extraction was maintained and monitored using traditional punch downs. This allowed gentle extraction of the colour and flavour without bringing out too much tannin. The wines were then pressed to old barrels that allow for aging and maturation without imparting oak flavour into the wine. The wines were kept on the lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled and then aged in bottle for at least one year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the wonderful complexities of the vineyard sites.
- 93 Points -
Both of the winery’s Pinot Noirs clearly have benefitted from the Burgundian detail that has gone into making them. This wine is dark in color, with a glorious aroma of cherry and toasty oak. The texture is every so silky; and the wine delivers flavours of cherries and red berries modified by a toasty, savoury spice. The wine benefitted greatly from a year in oak and three years in bottle before release. The finish is long. Bottom line: an elegant wine with good aging potential.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, August 2016
Elegant, supple, juicy.
Aged one year in French oak barrel and then three years in bottle, Tinhorn's top tier Pinot knocks it out of the park. Notes of cherry and black raspberry, vanilla, baking spices and beet greens are nicely grounded with a potpourri of cedar chips and dried violets. The palate is supple and suggests a mix of wild forest berries, cigar box and fine spice. It is juicy with promising structure and a persistent tealeaf flavoured finish. Overall great balance - an elegant wine.
Pair: Grilled wild salmon, roast beef, slow cooked beef brisket or a caramelized onion and wild mushroom pizza.See detailed press review