Iona, Sophie Te'Blanche, Sauvignon Blanc, 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. Floral notes with a complex medley of tropical fruits, mingled with subtle lime and gooseberry undertones. The palate is balanced and rich, showing cut green apples with great minerality and texture. Sophie Te'Blanche, a nickname given by those including our workers, who can't pronounce Sauvignon Blanc, is the inspiration behind this much loved wine, produced from grapes grown by dedicated farmers in Elgin and the Cape South Coast.
Ideal pairing with asparagus dishes, fish and enjoying on its own!