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Product code: 4001

Iona, Elgin Highlands Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa, 2020

Iona, Elgin Highlands Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa, 2020

Producer Profile

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.

Viticulture

The dry, cool conditions at the beginning of the season, result in concentrated fruit, with intense flavour, while late rains nourishing the vineyards and this allows to pick fruit at optimal ripeness, with low alcohol levels and pH's and balanced acidities.

Winemaking

Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled for 12hours, before being racked to 500L French oak barrels (2nd,3rd and 4th fill). Fermentation was spontaneous and the temperature was kept between 18 - 22°C. The wine was aged for 11 months in barrel, before it was racked blended in stainless steel tanks. The wine aged for a further 3 months in tank and was clarified and stabilized naturally anf lightly filtered before being bottled.

Oak Treatment

Time: 11 Months
Type: 500l French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None

Tasting Note

Perfectly ripe Sauvignon Blanc fermented with wild yeast in large wood format results in an array of complexity: textured, multi-layered with minerality, salinity, blackcurrent, white stone fruits, a rich palate and a long zesty finish.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
ABV:
13.5%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
White

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl