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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...
Deep dark purple/reddish colour, reminiscent of freshly sliced beets. The aroma is still showing early stages of oak integration. Graphite and freshly baked rye bread lead into black cherry on the nose. The palate is tightly wound still, giving notes of espresso, black licorice and baking spices. After about an hour of air, it starts easing up showing off dried fig, dried cherries and fresh plum. Bright acidity gives this full-bodied wine some great freshness and carries the finish nicely, with dense but focused tannins. Will benefit from an hour decant and another year or two in the bottle.
The fruit from this wine comes from the highest elevation site on the Black Sage Bench Diamondback vineyard where the berries tend to be smaller and lower yields are natural.
The grapes were destemmed partially crushed, with some whole berries left to be pumped to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. This was fermented naturally with no added yeast. These fermentations' are much less vigorous, with a long and slow extraction. The wines were then pressed and racked to French oak barrels (35% new) for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Reserve wines are blended after 12 months and then aged in oak for 6 months.
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This wine was also aged 18 months in French oak (35% new). The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% each of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. It begins with aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum. On the palate, there are flavours of plum, black currant and licorice. The tannins are firm and the wine benefits from being decanted.See detailed press review