Cave Spring Cellars 2016 CSV Chardonnay
Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Sourced from a single parcel of 42-year-old vines from Cave Spring Vineyard, CSV Chardonnay represents the finest expression of that grape and the place in the Cave Spring’s portfolio. The winemaking team continues its embrace of natural fermentations (50 percent was indigenous) and larger format oak puncheons in addition to traditional barriques to make for more complex and attractive wine. There’s a lot to like here, from the delicate nutty and mineral notes to the core of ripe fruit and round, supple texture. This is expressive and enjoyable right out of the gate — a trait common to 2016 whites across Niagara — with the balance, structure and stuffing to reward cellaring over the next five to eight years. 150 cases.