The two vineyards have significantly different soils, exposures, and microclimates.
Their flagship wine, The Creek, is named for Tinhorn Creek next to them. The Creek grounds them. It has been part of their life for a long time. In the last few years, Tinhorn Creek has gone through changes, but they have tried to stay on the edge, relevant, and innovative.
How did that work for Sandra? She is delighted with Andrew Windsor. Launching a flagship in later vintages, rather from the first vintage, makes sense to Sandra; it shows an evolution and progression of wine making, starting with the Oldfield Series of wines.
The Creek is also a special wine for Andrew Moon, their viticulturalist. The varieties in these wines are difficult to grow, and take time to figure it out. Their soils on Black Sage are very sandy which does not lead to a chunky, structured wine, rather more elegance and finesse. The Creek is Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend.
In BC we need lots of heat units for Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen. It took a while to get the phenological ripeness from this grape. Irrigation, canopy management, and crop yields all had to be considered.
They use a reflective material wrapped around, the Cabernet Sauvignon trunks so the vines ripen weeks earlier and reach full ripeness. This is one of the innovations they have brought to the vineyard.
They knew they wanted to create a wine that is unique to their vineyard sites and portfolio of wines. They did some tastings of other top tier BC Okanagan wines and came to the conclusion that led them to believe a Cab Sauvignon dominant wine would give them something unique, an expression of variety and expression of Black Sage Bench.
The spent 2 years in French oak with a little Hungarian oak. Inthe amount of Hungarian oak increased. There is no greenness in these wines, which you get with under-ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
The wine does not overpower you, such as can happen from Cabs in hotter climates according to Andrew.
The is a pure expression of Cabernet, with the weight of Merlot, fleshiness and texture from Cabernet Franc, floral from Malbec, and grip from Petit Verdot. The shows the heat of the vintage.
It is less floral, more fruit driven, more powerful. Andrew expects the to be more like the But how did the differences in summer heat show up in aromas and flavours in the glass? Deeper garnet, almost opaque in the glass. Medium plus intensity nose, with ripe dark fruit, sweet spices, red cherries and some dustiness.
The wine is dry with light mouth feel and medium fine tannins. Flavours of tart red cherries, sweet spices and light vanilla. Elegance and finesse in the glass.
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. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is located just south of Oliver BC, in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. Tinhorn Creek proudly offers % estate grown wines, growing grapes on both the Black Sage and Golden Mile benches.
20 mi from Tinhorn Creek Winery /5 (7 reviews) Situated in a rural location, this romantic property is close to Skaha Beach, Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park, and Okanagan Amusements.
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#drinkthecreekdry. Oliver, BC, Canada. On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of .