Named by European settlers in the late 18th century for the limestone caves and mineral springs found on the site of their estate vineyard, Cave Spring is located along a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, a region that is known as the Beamsville Bench has proven ideal for cool-climate viticulture. The soil of this exceptional terroir consists of limestone, shale and sandstone that are rich in minerals, yet limited in organic matter, creating the perfect balance of nutrients for growing grapes displaying character and sophistication. With growing conditions similar to the great northern winegrowing regions of France and Germany, Cave Spring Vineyard has proven ideal for the cultivation of exceptional Riesling and Chardonnay. In addition to these standout varietals, they also grow Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Gamay.
Cave Spring Estate Bottled Riesling is made from some of their oldest, lowest-yielding vines. The vines are spread across seven individual blocks ranging in age from 9 to 39 years, with an average vine age of about 20 years. The wine went through a cool-temperature fermentation over a 3 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. The resulting wine presents a nose with seamless aromas of tangerine, lemon and wet slate, with undertones of cut grass and anise. The palate is full, silky and off dry with plenty of acidity offering notes of grapefruit and yellow plum. Subtle notes of fresh basil and crushed-stone lingers through the long finish.
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Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%