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Opaque dark purplish red hue. Nose is rich with chocolate covered cherries, blueberries, leather and vanilla bean. Palate is dense with lots of fresh fruit, sweet oak that builds up the tannins and gives the wine great texture. Smooth and powerful.
Machine harvested fruit arrives at the winery early in the day to ensure it stays cool for a short maceration of 2 - 3 days. It is inoculated with selective yeast and then allowed to warm up to 28°C during primary (alcoholic) fermentation with regular pumpovers to extract maximum flavour and colour. The wine is then barrelled down at 4°Bx (11% Alcohol) to 30% new French and American oak barrels to complete fermentation. It then ages in oak as it goes through MLF and matures for a total of 18 months before being racked to tank and then bottled.
Production: 9136 cases
Harvest Date: October 12 - 29
Bottling Date: May 2015
Cellaring potential: 3 - 5 years
Residual Sugar: >2.0 g/L
Acidity: 5.55 g/L
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine in June's wine club package.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Vineyard: Diamondback vineyard, Black Sage Bench
Cases Produced: 9,136
Appearance: Bright, clear, and ruby in colour.
Nose: Medium intensity, with plum, dark cherry, blueberry, black tea and leather aromas.
Palate: Rich and full-bodied, with ripe blueberry, plum and cherry flavours working beautifully with dark chocolate, black tea and vanilla notes. A hint of black pepper comes through with the medium, ripe tannin, and this Merlot has a medium-long finish.
Quality: Tinhorn Creek continues to lead the pack with their Merlot; drink now or cellar for the short term.
Food Pairing: Roasts, beef stew, medium-sharp cheeses, marinara pizza, burgers.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
“Tinhorn Creek’s Merlot continues to be the standard-bearer for quality out of the Okanagan Valley. Sourced from the warmer Diamondback vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, this is anything but dull, drab Merlot. Rather, the ripe fruit works well with the soft, ripe tannin and the oak influence (around 18 months, 30 per cent new), offering a red with great complexity and structure but whose rich, dark berry notes aren’t overwhelmed by wood. Doubters of the Merlot grape should be given a glass of Tinhorn’s example — it will set them on the path to varietal salvation.”
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press