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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 depth of colour with this vintage, with purple and violet notes. The nose gives notes of blueberry jam, dried fig and dark chocolate. Rich and textured on the palate, saturated with coffee and dark fruit before the tannins show up to end the party. A big tannin profile carries this structured wine for ages on the finish. If the Cabernet Franc is Chianti, the Merlot is Brunello this year.
After consecutive years of early bud break there was a return to normal weather in the Okanagan with spring of 2017. A record spell of zero precipitation for 45 days starting late June. During harvest, the weather was steady and cool with nighttime temperatures closing in on freezing. The harvest quality was very high, with higher notable acidity but optimal ripeness was achieved. A challenging but very rewarding vintage.
The grapes were brought to the winery in very good condition. Some minor sorting was required but most of the grapes were destemmed and partially crushed, leaving some whole berries. Fermented in both closed and open top fermenters and allowed to ferment naturally with no added yeast. These fermentations typically are warmer and are much less vigorous, leading to a long, slow (6-8 weeks long), gentle extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. The wines were pressed and tracked to oak barrels, a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak, for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Maturation ranged from 12 - 14 months depending on how the wines tasted, before being racked to tank, blended and finally bottled.