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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...
Very similar profile to the 2014, and used exclusively Golden Mile Bench fruit. Again, a tropical fruit salad on the nose; lychee, banana, and dried mango. Lots of candied ginger, leading into white peach, pink grapefruit and yellow pears. Still very fresh and vibrant and slightly drier than the 2014, giving the wine plenty of length and brightness. Has a hint of herbal notes too, lemon verbena in the finish.
It was another hot vintage in 2015 with a record early harvest at Tinhorn Creek. Budburst was a month earlier than average and that led to a lot of work in the vineyard in the spring to keep up with the rapid growth of the vines. The vines were enjoying the heat as they cycled through flowering, berry formation and veraison at record pace. It was a challenging vintage for whites as the grape sugars were accumulating rapidly and many blocks had to be picked either at the same time or within the same week (typically picks are staggered to get more complexity), but the wines have impeccable balance and freshness.
The Gewürztraminer was crushed and de-stemmed before pressing, with the pressing cycle for this varietal being unique to dark skinned whites. There is typically 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 tanks and fermented at cold temperatures using native and selected yeast.
- 91 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, October 2016
Expect a delightfully classic Gewurz character - Tinhorn's version is expressive and perfumed. Anticipate lychee, rose petals, exotic spices, lime and orange blossom aromas with Turkish delight. The palate presents all the sweet fruit and oily texture associated with this ambrosial variety. Spicy and weighty and rich, with a long juicy finish.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
Treve Ring, June 2016
Consistently one of Canada's best gews, and one of the best values in the province. This year the heated 2015 vintage has upped the weightiness of this heady grape, further expanding its waistline. Fortunately, twenty-one year old vines know how to handle Mother Nature, and this, though bigger than 2014, holds a fine line of limey acidity well. Ample gingersnap spicing brings some heat to the concentrated gooseberry, lychee, fresia and peach on the round, silken palate. Perfumed rosewater lingers on the lengthy finish.See detailed press review