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Tinhorn Creek Chardonnaytext
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15¾/20

Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA much more normal year, albeit with some elevated disease pressure, ended with a harvest of high quality. Of the vintage, Tinhorn calls “higher notable acidity and lower alcohols than usual with optimal ripeness achieved across all varieties." From Black Sage Bench's sandy soiled Diamondback Vineyard, and 21-year-old vines, this was primarily whole-cluster pressed into French and American oak barrels (30 percent new) and fermented naturally, while a portion is machine harvested and fermented in stainless steel and fermented with selected yeast. The wine was aged equally in oak, concrete and stainless steel until May before they were blended and bottled. Full-bodied and ripe with tropical pineapple, melon, baked pear and brown spicing with a cashew/butterscotch note. This will appeal to those who prefer a more opulent style chardonnay.Tasted: 26 March 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 20.99 winery direct, private retail, restaurants Producer: Tinhorn Creek VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 5301691UPC: 624802981017