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 Bio-dynamic 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 vineyards are on a mountain plateau, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold dust "€� the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance. Iona is South Africa's coolest vineyard site. The vineyards are farmed according to Organic and Bio-dynamic practices with a particular focus on ensuring the health of the soils. Natural pest management is provided by the flock of geese that roam the vineyards.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed and juice settled overnight. Juice racked to 50% French oak and 50% Stainless steel. Wines fermented naturally. After 10 months on lees wines were racked and blended. Wines were bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Made in a similar style to what you would expect from the Mosel, this is a delicately soft Riesling with a hint of sweetness from the acidity, and a spicy edge.
Pair with spicy food, fruit dishes, lobster, scallops and fish.