Chardonnay 2015

"This is as seductive a Chardonnay as I have tasted in a while." - 92 points John Schreiner, October 2016.

"The newly released Tinhorn Creek 2015 Chardonnay ($20) is almost startling because it is so fresh, vibrant, and delicious. But surprise should not really be in the discussion anymore. Proprietor Sandra Oldfield and her team of two Andrews, winemaker Windsor and viticulturist Moon, seem to go from triumph to triumph. This wine is superb company for any delicate seafood dish, or for simple fireside sipping pleasure. Great to see what the Okanagan is doing on such a sustained, regular basis". - Jim Tobler, Editor's Picks Montecristo Magazine, November 2016.

GOLD - Cascadia Wine Competition
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Beautiful emerald hue in the glass shows the youthful side of this Chardonnay. Nose is full of spice and tropical fruit, with hints of honey, minerals and lime. Palate is rich and textured with biscotti and graham cracker, before quickly shifting to plum skin and lemon zest in the bright long finish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Beautiful emerald hue in the glass shows the youthful side of this Chardonnay. Nose is full of spice and tropical fruit, with hints of honey, minerals and lime. Palate is rich and textured with biscotti and graham cracker, before quickly shifting to plum skin and lemon zest in the bright long finish.
Ratings
*92 points - John Schreiner, October 2016. *92 points - "A blend from 4 different blocks on Black Sage results in a complex wine with orchard and tropical fruit on the nose. Citrus hints, followed by a well-textured balanced palate of luscious stone fruit, citrus and well-balanced oak with a subtle toasty, vibrant lingering end - Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine.
Awards
Gold medal - 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition - “The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were split up between steel and wood fermentations. There also were machine-harvested lots that underwent the same fermentation, albeit both of the French and American barrels done with native yeast. The multi-layered approach makes for a complex Chardonnay exuding aromas of toast, pear and apple with sliced almond. Its hallmark might be in the mouth feel that offers roundness with Bartlett pear and hazelnut flavors, backed by lemon zest and finish with a touch of sweet butter. Enjoy with steamed clams, halibut or a cucumber and tuna salad. It ranks among the best examples of Northwest Chardonnay on either side of the 49th parallel as a result of its gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition. Rating: Outstanding!" - Andy Perdue, Great Northwest Wine Magazine, April 2017.
Vineyard Notes
It was another hot vintage in 2015 with a record early harvest at Tinhorn Creek. We had budburst 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 we cycled through flowering, berry formation and veraison at record pace. The wine is comprised of four different vineyard blocks on the Black Sage Bench and picked over the course of a month in order to express a wide range of flavours due to varying degrees of ripeness.
Production Notes
With the earlier hand harvested fruit and the later machine harvested fruit, this is a story of two (well 4 actually) separate wines. We whole cluster pressed the early harvested fruit and fermented it in stainless steel barrels and tanks with selected yeast strains, and then took the machine harvested fruit and fermented it in oak (French and American) using only native yeast. The barrel portion went through malolactic fermentation, while the stainless component retained a great freshness in the wine.
Production
Cases made: 1866
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
September / October 2016
Acid
6.15
pH
3.82
Aging
Cellaring potential: 3-5 years
Bottling Date
June 2016
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14
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