At 420m above sea-level, set high above the picturesque Elgin Valley, Iona includes some of the coolest vineyards in the Cape. This creates an extremely long growing season, harvesting up to 2 months after Stellenbosch, which results in diverse, complex flavours and fresh, elegant wines. The philosophy at Iona is to make wines that reflect the soil and climate as closely as possible. They make use of Sustainable farming methods and use natural products wherever possible in the winemaking.
Each soil type and aspect of the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are matched with different clones to ensure they capture the endless flavours of the variety in the vineyards. These are retained in the cellar, with each block being vinified separately. The harvest of the Sauvignon Blanc stretched from middle March to early April which provides a perfect long ripening period to develop the intense concentrated flavours.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed. Juice were settled for 24 hours, racked to French oak barrels for 11 months. Spontaneous fermentation.
A rich creamy texture with white fruit and mineral undertones.
Drink with shellfish, fish, spring vegetables, oysters, seafood, salads and goats cheese.