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Light golden hue gives this wine a bright bold appearance. The nose is pure Gewürztraminer with lychee, guava and subtle rosewater notes. It comes at you with great intensity and has layers of fruit and spice that keep the superlatives and inquisitiveness coming. The palate is viscous and textured with great mouth feel and shows beautiful peach pie and cinnamon up front with lychee, honey and ginger, finishing with preserved lemon. There is a subtle sweetness here that gives the wine balance and a decadent richness and ensures it will develop very nicely in the coming years.
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: 4321 cases
Harvest Date: September 22 - October 10
Bottling Date: March 2015
Cellaring potential: 2 - 10 years
Awards & Ratings
- Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D., WineAlign
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2017, Honours Medal
92 points - Natalie Maclean
This is a gold medal winner in national wine awards, deservedly so. It has aromas of spice and lychee. On the palate, there is a medley from fruit flavours, including lychee, peach and grapefruit. The hint of residual sugar, very well balanced with moderate acidity, gives the wine a rich texture. The finish just goes on and on. This is one of Tinhorn Creek’s finest Gewürztraminers.
- 91 points, John Schreiner on wine
Editor's Choice - "A standout among Tinhorn Creek's wide ranging portfolio, this full bodied wine offers a generous serving of the grape's signature floral aromatics and spices, but there's plenty of ripe fruit also. Citrus peel and candied ginger along with fleshy pear an lemongrass make this a fine choice for grilled shrimp."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2016
The best we can remember with such a fresh juicy demeanor. Awash in aromatics from lychee to rosewater and orange blossoms ...I'm thinking a spicy curry, ribs or even sweet and sour chicken.
- 90 points, Anthony Gismondi, August 2015
89 points - Liam Carrier
SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Awards.
This was a featured wine in June's wine club package.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Vineyard: Tinhorn Creek vineyard, Golden Mile Bench
Cases Produced: 4,800
Appearance: Bright, clear, pale straw in colour.
Nose: Pronounced intensity to this aromatic white, with fresh floral, apricot, peach tropical fruit (papaya) and spice notes showing beautifully.
Palate: Tinhorn Creek’s Gewürz is a dry, light-plus bodied but fairly viscous white, bringing great intensity of flavour on the palate. Spice, lychee, pineapple, marmalade and stone fruit notes are focused, with an underlying, almost-chalky component and a long finish.
Quality: This wine continues to be the benchmark for B.C.Gewürztraminer. It’s showing very well right now, but could easily age for 3-5 years and gain additional complexity.
Food Pairing: Butter chicken, spicier Thai fare, sushi, soft cheeses.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
“When I think of B.C. Gewürztraminer, Tinhorn’s consistently beautiful aromatic white is one of the first to come to mind. The Golden Mile Bench fruit from 20-year-old vines and stainless-steel fermentation means the rich tropical and stone fruit flavours in this wine are bright and beautiful. A portion of this wine fermented for over four months, adding texture and intensity far beyond its price point. It’s easy to see/taste why this was awarded gold at WineAlign’s National Wine Awards of Canada. With summer finally upon us, now’s the perfect time to drink this. Those who are more patient than me could put it away for a few years and wait to see what the future brings.”
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press