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Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa 2008

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This is undoubtedly the best Chardonnay ever produced at Tinhorn Creek, and under priced for the quality. The bad news is that only 1,572 cases were made, down sharply from the 5,391 cases made in 2004. This remarkable decline was due largely to rain during the spring of 2005 that interfered with flowering in the Okanagan. (Tinhorn Creek also sold a slice of vineyard that included some Chardonnay.)The good news is that the remainder of the season was superb. The fruit that did set yielded grapes bursting with flavour that now has shown up in virtually all of the wines of the Okanagan’s 2005 vintage. Wines like this Chardonnay indicate that the 2005 vintage surpasses the quality of 2002, the previous benchmark year.Tinhorn Creek, which now grows 10.3 acres of Chardonnay in two estate vineyards, had an average yield in 2005 of 2.5 tonnes an acre, down from four tonnes in the previous vintage. Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek’s California-trained winemaker, fermented a quarter of the harvest in new French oak barrels, giving it two months aging on the lees. The other 75% of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel. The two lots were blended. This is Tinhorn Creek’s first Chardonnay bottled under screw cap; the winery has switched entirely to screw caps. The closure effectively captures appealing fruit aromas and flavours – notes of citrus, apples, peaches and vanilla. The texture is plush but the finish, reflecting a lively acidity, is refreshingly vibrant. This is a delicious, elegant textbook Chardonnay. 90 points.

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards:
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 1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates ba... Read more
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 1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates back to the early 1900s, is home to several quality wine producers. Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches. This land lends to the creation of terroir-driven wines that are classic illustrations of the place they are grown. The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench is planted with a mix of red and white varieties, primarily Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench is also planted with a mix of red and white grapes, but primarily features Gewürztraminer. Farming their own vineyards using sustainable practices allows Tinhorn Creek full control over the quality of fruit delivered to the crush pad for each vintage. The winery produces wines in two tiers under one dynamic and compelling label. The single-varietal series includes a Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Only worthy wines are selected each year for the winery’s top tier, winemaker Sandra Oldfield’s signature wines, named the Oldfield Series. This tier provides Oldfield with a playground for experimentation and is a creative showcase for the best wines from each vintage. All Tinhorn Creek wines evoke the unique terroir of the region: the sage-covered desert terrain. Read less
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External Reviews for Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa

External Review
Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

This is undoubtedly the best Chardonnay ever produced at Tinhorn Creek, and under priced for the quality. The bad news is that only 1,572 cases were made, down sharply from the 5,391 cases made in 2004. This remarkable decline was due largely to rain during the spring of 2005 that interfered with flowering in the Okanagan. (Tinhorn Creek also sold a slice of vineyard that included some Chardonnay.)The good news is that the remainder of the season was superb. The fruit that did set yielded grapes bursting with flavour that now has shown up in virtually all of the wines of the Okanagan’s 2005 vintage. Wines like this Chardonnay indicate that the 2005 vintage surpasses the quality of 2002, the previous benchmark year.Tinhorn Creek, which now grows 10.3 acres of Chardonnay in two estate vineyards, had an average yield in 2005 of 2.5 tonnes an acre, down from four tonnes in the previous vintage. Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek’s California-trained winemaker, fermented a quarter of the harvest in new French oak barrels, giving it two months aging on the lees. The other 75% of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel. The two lots were blended. This is Tinhorn Creek’s first Chardonnay bottled under screw cap; the winery has switched entirely to screw caps. The closure effectively captures appealing fruit aromas and flavours – notes of citrus, apples, peaches and vanilla. The texture is plush but the finish, reflecting a lively acidity, is refreshingly vibrant. This is a delicious, elegant textbook Chardonnay. 90 points.



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