Iona, Chardonnay, Elgin, South Africa, 2021
At 420m above sea-level, set high above the picturesque Elgin Valley Andrew Gunn founded Iona. It is here overlooking the Atlantic ocean that he has secured some of the coolest vineyards in the Cape.
In a country where cool climate vineyards are like gold dust, these vineyards are veritable nuggets. There is an extremely long growing season, allowing Andrew to create wines with complex flavours and a fresh, elegant style. The approach is hands off and the land is farmed according to organic and biodynamic practices with a particular focus on ensuring the health of the soils whilst pests are kept under control by the resident flock of geese that roam the vineyards.
The Chardonnay is produced from 2 North-facing vineyards on the western boundary of the estate, both planted in 2003. The cool climate ensures long, slow physiological ripening of the grapes under ideal growing conditions, with the sugar, ph, acids, tannins and flavour compounds being in perfect balance to produce elegant, low alcohol wines of distiction. Harvested in March.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed and each block vinified seperately. The juice settled for 24 hours, after which it was racked to 300L French oak barrels Barrel for 11 Months in French oak, 5% spontaneous malolatic fermatation.The wine then has a futher 3 months maturation in tank after blelnding, before bottling.
Type: French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 22
The wine shows concentrated marzipan and citrus notes, with underlying hazelnut and lime notes, which adds to layered complexity. The wine is seamless, with flavoursome and long finish.
Lobster or Turbot in a cream sauce. Shellfish and Chicken.
6 x 75cl
2018 Elgin, South Africa
Wine Safari 95 Points
Award: Jancis Robinson 17 Points