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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...
Beautiful soft yellow hue with an incredibly lifted nose. Pear, pineapple and subtle anise come first, with apple pie and lemon just behind it. Palate is fresh fruit salad, dominated by orchard fruit and nashi pear, finishing with tropical fruit, citrus and banana. Very approachable and will pair well with a large assortment of cheeses and lighter meat dishes. Salad too, if you’re into that.
A record early bud break had the team thinking they were in for another hot ripe year as in 2015, but a cool June and July slowed the growing season significantly. There was some moderate disease pressure for the first time in years so diligent work in the vineyard was required to keep the fruit clean and free from mold. In September the sun came out and resulted in an excellent year for whites, with slow steady sugar accumulation and beautiful acids retained with the cool nights. The Pinot Gris was picked over a two week period in the middle of September, with each block selected at optimal ripeness.
The Pinot Gris was crushed and de-stemmed before pressing, with the pressing cycle for this varietal being unique to dark skinned whites. We typically have a longer press program that emphasizes slow extraction with extended skin contact as well as a higher pressure at the end. This allows the clear juice to be in contact with the skins longer, which is where much of the flavour in this variety is stored. There is a delicate balance of flavour extraction and phenolic extraction (tannins are also in the skins) that plays out, plus the wine can go pink if it’s in contact with the skins too long as the skins are a light red colour at harvest. Once settled the clear juice was racked to stainless steel barrels and tanks and fermented using native and selected yeast. The wine was then kept on fine lees and stirred to add weight and texture to the palate.
- 91 Points -
The wine presents in the glass with a light golden glint. The appeal continues with aromas of pear and apple mingled with citrus and spice. On the palate, there is an absolute fruit salad of flavour – pear, nectarine and citrus. The wine has generous weight on the palate, with a finish that is both luscious and refreshing.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
A pristine explosion of peach nectar, orange blossoms and Poire Williams on the nose leads to a similarly ambrosial palate of golden apples, honey and pears. Weighty and kissed with just enough sweetness to make the fruit pop, this is another great example of Tinhorn Creek's Pinot Gris.See detailed press review