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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...
A deep, intense red colour with a surprisingly youthful appearance after three years of aging. The wine’s aroma opens with mixture of deep fruitiness of fresh berries and an underlying spicy note that includes cloves, vanilla and white pepper, all of which adds to its complexity. The palate is well structured with mouth-filling supple tannins and flavours of licorice and ripe blackberries and points to a great potential for ageing well into the future.
Another beautiful, warm, dry summer, along with a cool autumn, means another great growing season for Syrah. There was almost zero disease or pest pressure on the vineyard this year, and the grapes were allowed to hang until optimal ripeness was achieved towards early October. The vineyard required some shoot thinning in the spring to control the yield and then the team opened up the canopy early with leaf pulling on the eastern facing (morning sun) side of the blocks. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine is inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally and then temperature is maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines are then pressed to older barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines are kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine is then aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
- 92 Points -
Remarkable effort went into the making of this sultry wine. Before the wine had completed fermentation, it was pumped into older barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left on its lees for 18 months to mature in barrel. Then it was bottled and aged another year before release. Consequently, the tannins are soft and polished. The wine begins with an earthy and smoky aroma mingled with rare steak and pepper. On the palate, there are flavours of plum, blackberry and licorice with a light touch of black pepper.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, November 2016
Seductive, complex, fresh.
Tinhorn Creek's Syrah is consistently on-point. This vintage it rolls out seductive aromas of bumbleberry compote (a summer's bounty of blackberry, strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb), spice leather, wild herbs and finely ground white pepper. Fresh high-toned berry flavours mimic the nose; it is supple with impressive structure and culminates in a coffee, peppery and earthy finish. A New World meets Old World style.
Pair:: BBQ ribs, smoked pork chops, grilled prime beef and aged goat's cheese.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
Beppi Crosariol, September 2016
Generously fruited in a sun-drenched, New World style. Full-bodied and luscious, it’s dense with plum, prune and blackberry-jam flavours along with dark chocolate, vanilla, cedar and a lively dusting of spice.See detailed press review