Gewürztraminer 2016

"Expect a delightfully classic Gewurztraminer character - Tinhorn's version is consistently expressive and perfumed. Notes of rose oil and lychee, orange blossom water and exotic spices, mango and freshly peeled ginger demand attention. Equally decadent on the palate; it is potent and concentrated, reminiscent of its Alsatian counterparts. Excellent balance and a lengthy zesty finish. Pair with holiday turkey, exotic fare, dishes with a bit of chili pepper heat or warm Munster cheese” - Daenna Van Mulligan, Wine Diva Reviews, August 2017.

91 points - Daenna Van Mulligan, Wine Diva Reviews.
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Soft yellow and emerald flecks in its youth. Nose is big ripe lychee, papaya and banana. Very expressive. Opens up to Turkish delight and spring flowers; honey suckle and daffodil. Absolutely beautiful! Palate is lush with exotic fruit, candied citrus and Manuka honey. Long and complex finish with a noticeable lifted sweetness compared to previous vintages. Noble Rot is a beautiful thing.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Soft yellow and emerald flecks in its youth. Nose is big ripe lychee, papaya and banana. Very expressive. Opens up to Turkish delight and spring flowers; honey suckle and daffodil. Absolutely beautiful! Palate is lush with exotic fruit, candied citrus and Manuka honey. Long and complex finish with a noticeable lifted sweetness compared to previous vintages. Noble Rot is a beautiful thing.
Ratings
90 points – Rick Van Sickle, Wines of Niagara "“Late dampness in the growing season provided perfect conditions for botrytis in the vineyard, something that is very good in moderation for varieties such as Gew and Riesling, but very bad for most other varieties — it’s all in how you manage the noble rot. The team at Tinhorn got it right here with a lovely buckwheat honey note punctuating the delicate grapefruit, canned pear and ginger aromas. It shows weight and texture on the palate and is loaded with ginger spice, lychee, grapefruit, exotic fruits and honey-nut flavours through the long finish. Very fine and decadent Gew” 89 points – John Schreiner “The wine begins with aromas of lychee and spice. On the palate, there are honeyed tropical fruit flavours. The soft acidity and the residual sugar combine to leave a plump, off-dry finish with lingering spice notes”
Vineyard Notes
A record early bud break had us thinking that we were in for another hot ripe year as in 2015, but a cool June and July slowed the growing season significantly. In September the sun came out and resulted in an excellent year for whites, with slow steady sugar accumulation and beautiful acids were retained with the cool nights. Due to the dampness late in the growing season we saw some Botrytis (Noble Rot) in the Gewürztraminer. This gave us amazing honeyed flavours in the fruit and elevated sugar levels that make this Gewürztraminer a truly unique and spectacular wine.
Production Notes
Our Gewürztraminer 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 tanks and fermented at cold temperatures using native and selected yeast.
Production
Cases made: 5500
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Gewürztraminer
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
September / October 2016
pH
4.01
Aging
Cellaring potential 3 - 5 years
Bottling Date
March 2016
Residual Sugar
16.0g/L
Alcohol %
14
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(Jul 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM)
Lively flavours, paired very well with halibut.

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