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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...
- 95 Points -
The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged for two years in barriques (mostly French and 40% new). Typical of the vintage, this swaggering wine is bold and powerful, with aromas and flavours of black cherry, black currant, plum and blueberry.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Sandra Oldfield waited 20 years to pull off her icon red, it was released just before the news broke that Tinhorn Creek had been sold to Andrew Peller...
It is a blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Merlot (20%), Malbec (7%) and Petit Verdot (3%); it was then fermented using wild yeasts/selected yeasts and aged 24 months in 40% new oak barrels.
Black currents are woven with sarsaparilla, dried orange peel, figs and toffee aromas. It is smooth and more affable than the 2014; generous fruit, silky tannins and mouthfilling chocolate and vanilla flavours abound. It has impressive posture and length.
- 92 Points -
The blend for this flagship wine is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The fruit predominantly comes from the highest elevation site on the estate’s Black Sage Bench Diamondback vineyard with only the Petite Verdot and Malbec sourced from the Golden Mile Bench. The grapes are destemmed and partially crushed, leaving some whole berries and pumped to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, which is then pressed and racked to 40% new French and Hungarian oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 24 months. It has a robust, heady nose of thick black currants, juicy blackberries, dark plums, flecks of crunchy red fruits, mocha, elegant spice notes and sweet tobacco. It has a spicy bite on the palate with a range of concentrated dark fruits, kirsch, plums, raspberry preserves, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, subtle earthiness and a big, long finish. Top notch wine here that call cellar 15+ years.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Get ready to inhale the powerful, heady scents of this decadent red blend the moment you fill your glass. Supremely ripe fruit detonates with the finest black current jam, plums, and what I admire most, a inky, graphite complexity (just the way a thick newspaper smells). Despite all the fruit heft that unfurls in the mouth like blueberry pie filling and creme de cassis, acidity and fresh herbal notes lift it nicely, as does well-handled oak that adds spice and gloss without heaviness. Super-clarety, in a very ripe sort of way, and a highly drinkable full-bodied, potent red. Goes down with ease now, but you can age for five years too.See detailed press review
- (93-95) POINTS -
The blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged 24 months in oak (40% new), accounting for the elegant and polished texture. However, the structure is firm because the wine is built to age 15 to 20 years. Decant it for drinking now. The wine has aromas of black currant, blackberry and chocolate. Dark fruits mingle subtly on the palate with chocolate and leather.See detailed press review