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Pale straw yellow colour. The nose is still a little unyielding right after bottling but has our typical Golden Mile juicy fruit nose but with a hint of mint this vintage. Lychee and dried mango round out the nose. I expect this will gain much more complexity as it shakes off its primary fruity nose of its youth. Soft and round in texture with mouth-filling spicy and sweet palate. Candied ginger, fresh mango and banana cream pie. Needs time to gain texture and depth but excellent freshness now.
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.
Awards & Ratings
- British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2019, Silver Medal
The 2017 vintage was a featured wine in October’s Wine Club package, 2018.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, BC
Vineyard: Tinhorn Creek Vineyard (Golden Mile Bench)
Cases Produced: 5,380
Appearance: Bright, pale straw colour.
Nose: Lychee, rose petal and ginger notes on the nose.
Palate: Medium-bodied, just off-dry, exotic, lychee, cardamom and rose water flavours and Turkish Delight. Rich and full on the palate with a long clean finish.
Quality: Outstanding quality. 91 points. A seamless wine with true varietal character. Drink now – 2019.
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Food Pairing: Thai curry dishes, Vietnamese-style jumbo shrimp on sugarcane skewers, smoked pancetta, beef satay with peanut sauce, Moo Shoo pork.
Tinhorn Creek has long been known for producing outstanding Gewürztraminer – a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and entirely delightful. The 2017 vintage is the best in recent years. Light bodied, but with a nice backbone of acidity, and heavenly aromatics of lychee, citrus and floral notes.
Pair this graceful wine with lighter foods such as appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, spicy cuisine, or savour it on its own. Enjoy!
- Jackie McLachlan, Founder, My Wine Canada