The Creek

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is proud to announce the release of The Creek, its highly anticipated flagship wine. A toast to 23 years of experience in farming and winemaking on the southern Okanagan Valley, The Creek is an elegant, luscious and modern wine that reflects both place and time. 

91 points - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, Sep 2017
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The 2014 The Creek is a unique blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Aptly named after the iconic waterway that has shaped the surrounding landscape, the new flagship wine is a celebration of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ longstanding pursuit of both excellence and innovation in winemaking. 

Fermented using wild and selected yeasts, the wine is aged for 24 months in 40% French new and Hungarian oak barrels. Boasting opulent flavours of blueberry, cassis and black cherry, with a warm toasted spice finish - the flagship wine’s rich undertones and full-bodied palate make it a perfect pairing for richer dishes. 

Wine Profile
Ratings
92 points - "“After 23 years of crafting wines from the estate’s Diamondback Vineyard on Black Sage Bench and Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench, Tinhorn finally has its flagship red wine: The Creek. And it was well worth waiting for. It’s a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot that was pressed and racked to 40% new French and Hungarian oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. The wines were racked to tank for blending in spring 2016, and then returned to barrel for a further eight months, for a total of 24 months of barrel ageing. It’s about sheer elegance on the nose, a sum of its parts, showing blackberries, cherries, black licorice, graphite, cassis and toasted oak spice and vanilla. It shows its teeth on the palate with a firm foundation of ripe tannins and generous fruit, spice, campfire smoke and earth. It is but a baby at this point and needs time to all calm down to fully appreciate the beauty. Wait for it, it is the new flagship wine, after all” - Rick VanSickle & Michael Lowe, Wines in Niagara, Sep 2017.
Vineyard Notes
Hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan, but with a cool October allowing us to pick our Bordeaux Varietals at the end of October, selecting the fruit at perfect ripeness and balance. The three main varietals come from our Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench which has free draining sandy soil, giving our wine plenty of power and intensity, with smooth tannins. The Malbec and Petit Verdot from our Golden Mile Bench vineyard yield beautiful acids and tannins to the wine. A very high quality vintage, there was no disease or pest pressure and we did moderate leaf thinning and green harvesting to ensure only the highest quality fruit made it into the winery.
Production Notes
The grapes were destemmed and partially crushed, leaving some whole berries and pumped to open-top fermenters and stainless steel tanks for fermentation. For some blocks we use special cold tolerant yeast strains and ferment the wines quite cool (~10-11C), while others we allow to ferment naturally with no added yeast. These fermentations typically are warmer and are much less vigorous, leading to a long, slow (6-8 weeks long) gentle extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. The wines are then pressed and racked to 40% new French and Hungarian oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. The wines were racked to tank for blending in spring 2016, and then returned to barrel for a further eight months, for a total of 24 months of barrel ageing.
Production
Cases made: 1475
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 2014
pH
3.78
Bottling Date
July 2016
Residual Sugar
<2.0 g/L
Alcohol %
14
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Melissa langenhoff
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(Oct 15, 2017 at 2:59 PM)
My husband and I are members of Tinhorn Creek. We just received our shipment of wine last week. We opened this bottle of The Creek and it is phenomenal! Our new favourite!

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