Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Tim Atkin, MW 92 Points

Beautiful purity on the nose the Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2019 has a beautiful purity of lime and ripe gooseberry with tropical, floral and fine herbal notes. There is some ruby grapefruit and white pear drop on the finish. This cool climate Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, mineral, elegant, balanced and delicate with a long layered and complex finish

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.

Food Pairing
Pair the Iona Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with a simply grilled sea bass.

The Estate
Surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the isolated Iona wine estate sports majestic views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a cool climate somewhere between Burgundy and Sancerre. Average temperatures are a brisk 16-17 degrees, but strong coastal breezes and a long growing season allow the Iona wine farm to extend hang times and push ripeness without sacrificing acidity. Utilising sustainable farming practises, the estate turns out an impeccably balanced set of wines led by their chiselled and mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc.

Alcohol: 13.8% vol