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Product code: 2586

Iona, Solace, Elgin, South Africa, 2018

Iona, Solace, Elgin, South Africa, 2018

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.


From a single vineyard site on Brocha soils, planted with two different Syrah clones. A south facing aspect.


Hand picked and de-stemmed before crushing. No S02 at crushing. Natural fermentation with 2 punch downs a day. Grapes spent 21 days on skin before being pressed and racked into 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill 500L French oak barrels.

Oak Ageing

Time: 14 Months
Type: French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None

Tasting Note

Red berry fruit, full of spice, white pepper and floral notes. Supple, intense palate with fine tannin matched by plenty of fruit.

Food Matching

Braised lamb and blue cheese, pecorino with rosemary and sundried tomato gremolada.


Wine Safari 96 Points
A rich dark broody affair, this is a big bold wine with expressive aromatics of logan berries, crushed raspberries, black berry kirsch liquor, sweet baked herbs and a savoury, sweet sour intensity. Rich and ripe yet showing plentiful elegance and restraint with classical proportions, this has lovely layers of cherry cola, cranberry coulee, sweet tangy acids and a long savoury, meaty finish. An imposing wine with power and presence but also a fine sense of elegance and restaint. 96 Points, GS(MW), May 2022.

Technical Details
Syrah 100%
Vegetarian Vegan Works Organically

Natural cork


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl