Oldfield Series Chardonnay 2014

SILVER - 2016 National Wine Awards Canada

"The balance between fruit and oak is close to perfect: the fruit is flattered by the oak, not covered by it" - John Schreiner, May 2016.

"...a beautifully constructed Chardonnay...well proportioned creating a balanced and memorable, stand-alone sipper..." 91 points Liam Carrier, Icon Scores, May 2016.

"A seductive nose of caramel, canned corn and baked apple that continues with a creamy luscious palate. Definitely a bold and more New World style Chardonnay that is broad but with crisp acidity and good balance. A long and pleasing finish of yellow apples. Tasted blind at NWAC 2016" - 91 points Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D. 

"It is creamy and nutty, spicy and vibrant with great intensity and focus. A stylish Chardy with impressive persistence" 92 points Daenna Van Mulligen, WineScores.ca, November 2016.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine has a deep golden colour from its long and gentle aging in oak. The nose jumps out of the glass with intense honey comb, white flowers, caramel and citrus fruit. It has immense palate weight while retaining a lovely linear and fresh citrusy flavour. The balance is incredible. The palate delivers honey, lemon, marzipan, biscotti, and pineapple in waves. It keeps coming, layer after layer, and the finish seems to last forever.
Ratings
*#BCwinechat BC wine #1 was @TinhornCreek single vineyard chardonnay - run, don't walk to the winery for this — Paul Rickett (@paulrickett) March 3, 2016 *89pts ...winemaker Andrew Windsor has just released an impressive Tinhorn Creek 2014 Oldfield Series Golden Mile Bench Chardonnay ($35). Aged 12 months in both French oak and stainless steel barrels, the result is a fresh, nutty, flinty, apple-flavoured white with bits of spice and fine structure and texture. It's a new story for Tinhorn - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2016. *93pts - "The balance between fruit and oak is close to perfect: the fruit is flattered by the oak, not covered by it" - John Schreiner, May 2016 *91pts - "A seductive nose of caramel, canned corn and baked apple that continues with a creamy luscious palate. Definitely a bold and more New World style Chardonnay that is broad but with crisp acidity and good balance. A long and pleasing finish of yellow apples. Tasted blind at NWAC 2016" - Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D.
Awards
SILVER - 2016 Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada SILVER - 2017 Chardonnay du Monde
Vineyard Notes
Hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan. These young vines were our second pick of the vintage after the Sauvignon Blanc a few days earlier, and looked absolutely perfect. At this time the Sub-DVA (Designated Viticulture Area) of the Golden Mile Bench had not been approved but we knew we were on to something special with this fruit from the outset. It was hand harvested early in the day to ensure it was nice and cool before arriving at the winery crush pad a few dozen meters away.
Production Notes
The inaugural vintage of the Oldfield Series Chardonnay was always planned as a reserve wine, built not only to highlight the terroir of the Golden Mile Bench, but also to express the power and depth of a truly great Chardonnay. The grapes were whole cluster pressed to ensure clear juice and then sent straight to barrel without racking or separation of solids. Fermented naturally in 100% new French Oak barrels, only a small amount of Sulphur was added to mitigate bacteria interference with the yeast. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was topped and then moved to the barrel cellar to complete malolactic fermentation. In the spring we blended the wine and returned half back to oak and the other half to stainless steel barrels to continue the aging process. After 16 months of aging the wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Production
Cases made: 339
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Vineyard Designation
Golden Mile Bench
Harvest Date
September 2014
Acid
6.95
pH
3.62
Aging
Cellaring potential 3 - 5 years
Bottling Date
March 2016
Residual Sugar
1.0 g/L
Alcohol %
13.5
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