The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is proud to announce the release of The Creek, its highly anticipated flagship wine. A toast to 23 years of experience in farming and winemaking on the southern Okanagan Valley, The Creek is an elegant, luscious and modern wine that reflects both place and time.
The 2014 The Creek is a unique blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Aptly named after the iconic waterway that has shaped the surrounding landscape, the new flagship wine is a celebration of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ longstanding pursuit of both excellence and innovation in winemaking.
“We have been working toward this wine since my husband Kenn and I first landed in Oliver in 1994,” says Sandra Oldfield, Founder and CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. “Inspired by our desire to honour the region where the grapes come from, and to create the best possible wine in our cellar, The Creek reflects a spirit of innovation both in how we farm our land and how we treat our wines. We will continue to push forward and evolve with creativity and dedication because that is what our customers have come to expect from us.”
Fermented using wild and selected yeasts, the wine is aged for 24 months in 40% French new and Hungarian oak barrels. Boasting opulent flavours of blueberry, cassis and black cherry, with a warm toasted spice finish – the flagship wine’s rich undertones and full-bodied palate make it a perfect pairing for richer dishes.
“The planning for this release really began in 2014, spearheaded by our winemaker Andrew Windsor and viticulturist, Andrew Moon”, says Oldfield. “This flagship wine is the result of a focused and passionate collaboration, made possible by our people, land and grapes here at Tinhorn Creek”.
Each estate grown, handcrafted vintage will bring forth a structured, intense and powerful blend, reflective of Tinhorn Creek’s ongoing commitment to its stunning terroir and quality vineyard practices.
2014 The Creek wine retails for $55 for 750ml and $120 for magnum bottles, both of which are available in limited quantities from Tinhorn Creek’s tasting room, wine club, online store, as well as their onsite restaurant, Miradoro. The Creek will be released to the public in September 2017, and will be available from liquor stores and in select restaurants in BC and Alberta.
For more information about Tinhorn Creek Vineyards visit http://www.tinhorn.com.
The People Who Make It Happen
Sandra Oldfield – President & CEO
Kenn Oldfield – Chairman
Andrew Windsor – Winemaker
Andrew Moon – Viticulturist/Vineyard Manager
Korol Kuklo – Assistant Winemaker
Jan Nelson – Sales & Marketing Manager
About Tinhorn Creek
On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates back to the early 1900s, is home to several quality wine producers. Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches. This land lends to the creation of terroir-driven wines that are classic illustrations of the place they are grown. The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench is planted with a mix of red and white varieties, primarily Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench is also planted with a mix of red and white grapes, but primarily features Gewürztraminer.
Farming their own vineyards using sustainable practices allows Tinhorn Creek full control over the quality of fruit delivered to the crush pad for each vintage. The winery produces wines in two tiers under one dynamic and compelling label. The single-varietal series includes a Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Only worthy wines are selected each year for the winery’s top tier, the Oldfield Series. This tier provides the winemaker with a playground for experimentation and is a creative showcase for the best wines from each vintage. All Tinhorn Creek wines evoke the unique terroir of the region: the sage-covered desert terrain.
Tinhorn Creek was the first winery in Canada to bottle its entire portfolio with Stelvin screw-cap closures ensuring consistent aging and a guarantee that the wine will be enjoyed as it was intended.