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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...
So ruby red colour. The nose is sweet, with dried cherries, fresh plum and cocoa powder. The French oak gives subtle spicy notes of vanilla bean and clove. Palate has impeccable balance of power and elegance with a perfect harmony of fruit and oak spice. The wine has great Cabernet Franc typicity with so red fruits and slight herbal edge. Will evolve well in the cellar but is drinking very well right now.
A hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan, with a cool October that allowed Tinhorn to pick four different blocks of Cabernet Franc over a 15 day period, selecting the fruit at perfect ripeness. These Cabernet Franc grapes come from the Diamondback vineyard on the Black Sage Bench which has free draining sandy soil, giving the Cabernet Franc plenty of power, structure and intensity. A very high quality vintage with no disease or pest pressure. We did moderate leaf thinning and green harvesting to ensure only the highest quality fruit made it into the winery.
Machine harvested fruit arrived at the winery early in the day to ensure it stayed cool for a short cold soak of 2-3 days. This wine is a combination of selected yeast and natural fermentations. The selected yeast lots were typically fermented at cooler (12-15C) temperatures, while the natural ferments were allowed to warm up to a maximum of 25-27C. Both fermentations stay on skins for about 30 days before pressing and fractioning. The wines were barreled down to French oak (25% new) and underwent malolactic fermentation naturally before being topped in the spring. After a year of maturation the blends were selected with the reserve wine returning to barrel for a further six months. The wine was then bottle aged for another year prior to release.
- 92 Points -
This ruby-hued wine begins with an appealing aroma of blackberry and raspberry mingled with vanilla. Those brambly notes are repeated in the flavours of dark fruits framed subtly with oak. Notes of spice and black cherry persist on the lingering finish.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
What used to be the Oldfield Series, is now Oldfield Reserve. It comes with a new label look, and the change (label colour/design and name) is not depicted in the attached photo. Cabernet Franc is one of Tinhorn's flagship wines, and new winemaker Andrew Windsor (since 2014) has continued Sandra Oldfield's work, continuously striving to make it better. Expect fragrant aromas of blueberry compote, wild currents, violets and woodsy aromas alongside mocha, cherry cola and dried sage. The palate is savoury; fleur de sel and dried herbs, peppery spices and dark mocha flavours roll into distinct tealeaf notes. Overall, structure and balance are rooted firmly in this wine, and it has a lengthy finish.See detailed press review
- Double Gold (Best of Category) -
June 2017See detailed press review