Iona, Chardonnay, Elgin, South Africa
At 420m above sea-level, set high above the picturesque Elgin Valley, Andrew Gunn founded Iona. With the vineyards overlooking the Atlantic ocean he has some of the coolest vineyards in the Cape, perfect for wine growing in this hot country.
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. The wine shows concentrated marzipan and citrus notes, with underlying hazelnut and lime notes, which adds to layered complexity. The wine is seamless, with flavoursome and long finish. The wine spent 11 months in French oak and 3 months in tank before bottling.
A lovely accompaniment to shellfish, chicken and vegetarian dishes.