The wine was aged on its lees with battonage. Vibrant notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and lemongrass are framed by hints of cream. A backbone of minerality and nicely balanced undertones of herbal and white florals provide complexity and length to this racy, elegant white.
Iona is located in Elgin, South Africa, about 27 miles southeast of Cape Town. The Gunn family acquired this dilapidated apple farm in 1997 and renamed the property Iona, after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. The estate is surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature during the growing season at Iona is 63°F and it is South Africa’s coolest vineyard. The climate is remarkably similar to that of Bordeaux with two positive exceptions: Elgin enjoys 50% less rain during the harvest months and is slightly warmer in April (equal to October in Bordeaux). The vineyards were planted in 1998; mostly to Sauvignon Blanc (65%) followed by Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier and other Bordeaux varietals. Farming is biodynamic, only estate fruit is used and the wines are bottled in screw cap. The cool climate at Iona ensures slow and even phenolic maturation. Winemaker John Seccombe takes full advantage of this unique terroir to produce transparent, focused wines of place. The long boat emblem on the labels is homage to owner Andrew Gunn’s Viking heritage.
|(96% Sauvignon Blanc/4% Semillon). Different Sauvignon Blanc clones from the estate were vinified separately using reductive vinification with cultured yeasts Vin7, VL3 and X5. A small percentage of Semillon is typically added to the blend to enhance mid-palate depth and complexity.
|The wines of Iona come from a dramatically unique site in the Cape Winelands.
The vineyards are on a mountain plateau 420 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold — the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance. Iona is South Africa’s coolest vineyard site.
Andrew Gunn and family acquired this beautiful, but run-down apple farm in 1997. It was renamed ”IONA” after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. We Gunns can trace our ancestry to the Vikings that landed in Scotland in the 900s, hence the Viking longboat emblem on our labels.
Since our first release in 2001, the wines of Iona have quickly made a name as being among the finest in the world. We invite you to visit our mountain vineyards or browse the site for further information, contact details and orders. If you would like to know where to find our wines please check our Agents or call us for restaurant listings in South Africa.