Iona Sauvignon Blanc Elgin 2010

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Iona is situated on a mountain plateau 450m above sea level overlooking the Atlantic Ocean 60km east of Cape Town in the Elgin Ward. The farm was named "Iona" after an island off the West Coast of Scotland. Proprietor's Andew and Rozy Gunn trace their ancestry to the Vikings that landed in Scotland in the 900s, hence the Viking long boat emblem on the labels. The first vineyards were planted in 1998 and the initial research confirmed that Iona is South Africa's coolest vineyard with harvesting times up to 8 weeks later than other wine producing areas. This wine has a wonderfully aromatic nose showing fine mineral notes, hints of herbs, leaves and a touch of gooseberry fruit. The palate is extremely well balanced with classic sauvignon characters of gooseberry and grapefruit and a long, fine, minerally finish. Very stylish and polished. This is fantastic if drunk with fresh asparagus and seafood dishes but is also enjoyable by itself.

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Iona:
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. Io... Read more
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. Since the first release in 2001, the wines of Iona have quickly made a name as being among the finest in the world. Check out www.iona.co.nz for more information Read less

External Reviews for Iona Sauvignon Blanc Elgin

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Pale silver. Musky aromas of lemon peel, crushed stone, quinine and wintermint. Juicy, bracing and intense; has a tactile texture but remains light and brisk. Finishes with a dusty whiplash of grapefruit rind. Very concentrated, sharply delineated sauvignon mdash; one of the best examples I tasted this year from South Africa.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A stellar example of what cool-climate South African vineyards can produce, this crisp, minerally Sauvignon Blanc is steely and clean in the true Sauvignon style. Tropical fruit flavors are subtle but delicious, and the finish is lingering and impressive. At this price, you canrsquo;t get much better, whether yoursquo;re looking for a solo sip or a food-friendly cohort.



Iona is situated on a mountain plateau 450m above sea level overlooking the Atlantic Ocean 60km east of Cape Town in the Elgin Ward. The farm was named "Iona" after an island off the West Coast of Scotland. Proprietor's Andew and Rozy Gunn trace their ancestry to the Vikings that landed in Scotland in the 900s, hence the Viking long boat emblem on the labels. The first vineyards were planted in 1998 and the initial research confirmed that Iona is South Africa's coolest vineyard with harvesting times up to 8 weeks later than other wine producing areas. This wine has a wonderfully aromatic nose showing fine mineral notes, hints of herbs, leaves and a touch of gooseberry fruit. The palate is extremely well balanced with classic sauvignon characters of gooseberry and grapefruit and a long, fine, minerally finish. Very stylish and polished. This is fantastic if drunk with fresh asparagus and seafood dishes but is also enjoyable by itself.

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