About This Wine:
This wine originates from the limestone-rich soils of our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, known as the Beamsville Bench. Produced from the oldest, lowest-yielding vines at the estate, our CSV wines embody our highest commitment to quality and authenticity.
The two oldest blocks of Riesling at Cave Spring Vineyard ranging from 37 to 41 years in age.
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and small amounts of granite and gneiss; soil depth ranges from 4 to 8 m, overlying moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock.
Harvest Date- Oct. 15
Sugar- 19º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 10.4 g/L
Yield- 4.0 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha)
A cool fermentation was carried out over a 4 week period in stainless steel tanks using a range of selected yeasts to enhance complexity. Fermentation was arrested at medium dryness by chilling. The wine remained on the fine lees for 3 months prior to bottling.
Bottling Date- April 2015
Residual Sugar- 13 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 9 g/L
Production- 563 cs. (9L)
The nose offers a broad cross-section of aromas including fresh herbs, citrus rind, anise and white peach, with undertones of pie crust, wet stone and white flowers. In the mouth, the wine medium in body and dry in feel. The attack is rich in texture and ripe melon fruit, after which a racy seam of acidity and intense grapefuit character reign in the wine’s breadth and roundness. The wine’s omnipresent citrus core carries long onto a crisp, mineral finish.
Grilled Turbot or Snapper; stuffed Sole; tempura; curried prawns; onion tart; roasted Cornish Hen, sautéed Veal sweetbreads; Tourtière, duck confit; fresh, creamy cow’s milk cheese (e.g. Mourbière).
This vintage possesses the structure and weight to develop until at least 2024, and should continue to hold for several years beyond.
Ontario Retail Price:
Winery, LCBO Vintages (#566026), release date 11/12/16
LCBO Item #566026
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ALIGN: Tightly wound on the nose with SO2 still evident, Cave Spring's '14 CSV is a long way from prime drinking. The palate shows classic styling, however, more stony than fruity, mid-weight but authoritative and palate gripping, with palpable chalky texture and great length. Although it appears reserved and subtle now, it has exceptional depth and power in reserve, Try again in 2-3 years, or leave in the cellar for a decade or more. Tasted February 2016. Value Rating: ***. 92 points, John Szabo.