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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...
The wine has a deep golden colour from its long and gentle aging in oak. The nose jumps out of the glass with intense honey comb, white flowers, caramel and citrus fruit. It has immense palate weight while retaining a lovely linear and fresh citrusy flavour. The balance is incredible. The palate delivers honey, lemon, marzipan, biscotti, and pineapple in waves. It keeps coming, layer after layer, and the finish seems to last forever.
Hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan. These young vines were the second pick of the vintage after the Sauvignon Blanc a few days earlier, and looked absolutely perfect. At this time the Sub-DVA (Designated Viticulture Area) of the Golden Mile Bench had not been approved but the winery knew that they were on to something special with this fruit from the outset. Grapes were hand harvested early in the day to ensure it was nice and cool before arriving at the winery crush pad a few dozen meters away.
The inaugural vintage of the Oldfield Series Chardonnay was always planned as a reserve wine, built not only to highlight the terroir of the Golden Mile Bench, but also to express the power and depth of a truly great Chardonnay. The grapes were whole cluster pressed to ensure clear juice and then sent straight to barrel without racking or separation of solids. Fermented naturally in 100% new French Oak barrels, only a small amount of Sulphur was added to mitigate bacteria interference with the yeast. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was topped and then moved to the barrel cellar to complete malolactic fermentation. In the spring, the wine was blended and returned; half back to oak and the other half to stainless steel barrels to continue the aging process. After 16 months of aging the wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
- 93 Points -
This is the winery's first reserve Chardonnay. This was fermented with indigenous yeast in new French oak barrels. Subsequently, half was aged in oak, half in stainless steel barrels. The wine begins with aromas of lightly toasted oak mingled with buttery citrus. The weight on the palate is generous, with flavours of lemon, orange zest and biscotti. The balance between fruit and oak is close to perfect: the fruit is flattered by the oak, not covered by it. The finish is dry, with a lingering rich flavour of marmalade.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, October 2016
Impressive, creamy, stylish.
The Oldfield Series is Tinhorn Creek's top tier or reserve series. This estate-grown Chardonnay was barrel fermented with native wild yeasts in French oak, then allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in the barrel cellar. After that it was aged in oak and stainless steel barrels for an additional 12 months. This is the inaugural release of this tier of Chardonnay and it falls under the new designation of Golden Mile - a sub-DVA (Designated Viticulture Area). Expect sweet golden apples and pineapple chunks, praline and a citrus bowl of lemon and tangerine with roasted spiced and warm nutty aromas. It is creamy and nutty, spicy and vibrant with great intensity and focus. A stylish Chardy with impressive persistence.
- 91 Points -
Pale straw with a lime tint; oak spice currently dominating the nose of apple and apple peel; full-bodied, rich and full on the palate with spicy, clove, toasty oak, apple and orange peel flavours.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
- SILVER - 2016 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada -
Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D., July 2016
A seductive nose of caramel, canned corn and baked apple that continues with a creamy luscious palate. Definitely a bold and more New World style Chardonnay that is broad but with crisp acidity and good balance. A long and pleasing finish of yellow apples. Tasted blind at NWAC 2016.See detailed press review