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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...
Brilliant lemon in colour with luscious aromas of honey suckle, orange blossom and stone fruits. Flavours of nectarine and apricot carry through on the first sip, while tropical notes of pineapple, guava and citrus linger on the palate. Finishes long with a bright minerality.
Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. The extended fall season was instrumental in preparing the vines to survive what was to be the coldest winter the Okanagan Valley has seen in 50 years. The slow cooling process throughout fall allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for hibernation to thrive again come spring 2017. The winemaking team are grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
The fruit was pressed after three hours of skin contact to extract additional aromatics and fermented cold to preserve the signature fruit flavours. The various parcels of juice were inoculated with three different yeast cultures in order to allow complexity and mouth-feel to develop without over-manipulation. The final Pinot Gris blend was created to bring the most balanced profile of acidity, aromatics, and natural sweetness on the palate.
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Bouncy, refreshing, new. What used to be the Oldfield Series rose, is now named Oldfield Reserve rose. It comes with a new label look and the change (label and name) seems to include a few of the previously named Oldfield Series, although I'm not sure how many or which. Made entirely from Cabernet Franc, Tinhorn Creek's rose is exceedingly refreshing with aromas of blood oranges, sarsaparilla, summer sweet berries and creamy nectarine notes atop notes of lilacs and roses. It has a kiss of sweetness, deftly offset by lively acidity. It boasts an intrinsic bounciness to the palate, which is further enhanced by its bright fruity finish.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
Fashionably pale in colour, the Cabernet Franc rosé begins with aromas of strawberry that jump from the glass. On the palate, there are hints of strawberry and watermelon. Just a hint of sweetness enhances the refreshing charm of this wine.See detailed press review
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James Nevison, May 2017
Finally, a fulsome yet lithe rosé from well-regarded Southern Okanagan Valley winery Tinhorn Creek. Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc grown in the winery’s Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, the wine is pressed after 24 hours on skins to achieve its fetching bright peachy-pink colour. It shows layers of berry, citrus and floral notes – with a rich texture complementing the wine’s lifted aromatics. It’s enticing and crowd-pleasing, indeed this wine recently won “Best Rosé” at the BC Best of Varietal competition during the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. Bottom line: A-, pair with roast chicken.See detailed press review