Gewürztraminer 2015

"The wine begins with a medley of tropical fruit aromas including lychee, mango and peach. The palate is juicy, with a touch of residual sweetness to lift all the tropical fruit flavours" - John Schreiner, May 2016.

"Consistently one of Canada's best gews, and one of the best values in the province. This year the heated 2015 vintage has upped the weightiness of this heady grape, further expanding its waistline. Fortunately, twenty-one year old vines know how to handle Mother Nature, and this, though bigger than 2014, holds a fine line of limey acidity well. Ample gingersnap spicing brings some heat to the concentrated gooseberry, lychee, freesia and peach on the round, silken palate. Perfumed rosewater lingers on the lengthy finish" - Treve Ring, June 2016.

Icon Wines Top 20 Value Wines of 2016.

SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Very similar profile to our 2014, and used exclusively Golden Mile Bench fruit. Again a tropical fruit salad on the nose; lychee, banana, dried mango. Lots of candied ginger, leading into white peach, pink grapefruit and yellow pears. Still very fresh and vibrant and slightly drier than the 2014 giving the wine plenty of length and brightness. Has a hint of herbal notes too, lemon verbena in the finish.
*90pts - Treve Ring, June 2016. *89pts - John Schreiner, May 2016. *89pts - Liam Carrier, Icon Wines, June 2016.
SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016. SILVER - Cascadia Wine Competition 2017.
Vineyard Notes
It was another hot vintage in 2015 with a record early harvest here 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. It was a challenging vintage for whites as the grape sugars were accumulating rapidly and we had to pick many blocks either at the same time or within the same week (typically we like to stagger picks to get more complexity), but the wines have impeccable balance and freshness.
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.
Cases made: 4321
Wine Specs
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
September 2015
Cellaring potential 3 - 5 years
Bottling Date
March 2016
Residual Sugar
7.0 g/L
Alcohol %
Product Reviews
Michelle Pratt's Gravatar
Michelle Pratt
(Nov 30, 2016 at 9:22 AM)
We have been crush club members for 10 years and always enjoyed the Gewurz ... quite honestly it just keeps getting better and better. Floral and fruity with also a touch of minerality. Such an amazing wine ... you will not be disappointed.

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Gewürztraminer 2015