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30% Semillon, 25% Chardonnay, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Viognier and 10% Muscat
A beautiful, almost emerald hue, introduces you to the intriguing nature of this wine. The aromatics explode out of the glass with passion fruit, white and yellow flowers, white peach and a subtle smokiness. The palate is at first bright and zesty with passion fruit and lime, but as the wine builds it shows fresh apricot and nectarine notes before finishing with lime freshness again.
This wine was made up of four separate wines that got blended together just prior to bottling. The Sauvignon Blanc portion was barrel fermented in new French Oak barrels with 100% native yeast. These barrels took over two months to ferment and the oak integration was beautiful, giving us a smoky, tropical component that gives this wine such a potent and splendid nose. The Semillon and Chardonnay were both tank fermented in stainless steel to give us a crisp refreshing balance to the mid palate. The Viognier and Muscat were left on skins in the press for a few hours and then fermented in Stainless steel barrels with native yeast only.
Production: 1600 cases
Harvest Date: September 2014
Bottling Date: June 2015
Cellaring Potential: 3-5 years
Residual Sugar: <2.0 g/L
Awards & Ratings
- Tim Pawsey
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2016, Silver Medal
This complex blend is 30% Sémillon, 25% Chardonnay, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Viognier and 10% Muscat. Portions of the wine were barrel-fermented with wild yeast. The wine appeals immediately with aromas of hazelnut, tangerine and toasted oak. The wine is rich and satisfying on the palate, with flavours of tangerine, guava and ripe apple. The elusive hint of hazelnut returns on a finish that goes on and on.
- 92 points, John Schreiner on Wine
A blend of Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat that shows orchard fruits, honeysuckle, melon, apple and citrus on the nose. It’s fairly elegant on the palate but is juicy and vibrant on the palate with apricot, pear, citrus and integrated spice. Just delicious.
- 91 points, Rick VanSickle
I enjoyed Tinhorn Creek's Oldfield Series Bench White very much, it shows a lot of charm. A bright nose of banana, peach, apricot and orange peel give way to a very pretty and well balanced palate. Nice job. Drink now.
- 90 points, Brad Royale, WineAlign
89 points - Jon Steeves, Natalie Maclean Wine Reviews
87 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
The 2Bench white is always rich and aromatic on the nose thanks to its creamy mix of Sémillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat. Tropical and tree fruits collide in a burst of floral blossoms with decent acidity and a modicum of dryness. Very food friendly: creamy pasta dishes, seafood, shellfish and cheeses will suit. Friendly, fun and ready to drink.
- Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, March 2016.
Silver Value - 2015 World Wine Awards of Canada