Iona, Kroon Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa, 2018
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 Kroon Vineyard with its ferrocrete soil, is the highest vineyard on Iona's land. Grapes were selected from the a single south facing vineyard, with lower solar radiation of 4800wh/m2.
Grapes were hand harvested into small crates and spend overnight in a cool room. Extensive bunch sorting by hand prior to destemming occurred. Bunches are destemmed without crushing. Grapes cold soak for 5 - 7 days. Fermentation occurs naturally in open top fermenters. During fermentation, the skin cap was punched through gently by hand twice a day and fermentation temperature peaked at 28°C. The wines were transferred to 500L and 300L French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place (25% new wood, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill).Maturation in oak was for 12 months, on the lees for the full period. After aging for 12 months in barrel, the wines were racked and blended in stainless steel tank. The wines were clarified naturally for a period of 2 months before bottling.
Type: French 300 and 500L
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 18
This is a generous and voluptuous Pinot with charming velvety tannins.
Beef Wellington. Roast pork with herbs and fennel.
Jancis Robinson 17 Points
Kroon = crown, so the highest point on the farm, 450 m. Alluvial and decomposed Table Mountain sandstone and iron on clay. Lively and fresh and juicy. 17 Points, JR, April 2022.
Pinot Noir 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: DWWA 2023 Best in Show 97 Points