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Iona Chardonnay 2012

Iona Chardonnay 750ml 2012     
Sku: 1848361

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Located in Elgin, South Africa, Andrew Gunn and family acquired this beautiful, but run-down apple farm in 1997. A first generation South African, Andrew can trace his ancestry back to the Vikings, hence the long boat emblem on the labels. The vineyards of Iona are located on a mountain plateau in the coolest region of South Africa, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Sauvignon Blanc is the main focus, accounting for nearly 65% of Iona’s plantings, along with Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier and Bordeaux varietals. Winemaker John Seccombe produces clear, focused wines with a sense of place, while bringing a fresh outlook on Iona’s unusual vineyard sites.

Tasting notes
A seamless, concentrated effort that offers integrated notes of marzipan and bright citrus with hints of oatmeal and toast. The taut acidity is brushed with buttery oak which nicely complements the honeyed flavors on the finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Oct 2013)
The 2012 Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed. It has a ripe bouquet, quite linear and reserved with resin elements infusing the taut citrus fruit. The palate is ripe and rounded on the entry with plenty of citrus fresh orange peel, mango and peach flavor vying for attention. Yet it remains focused and full of race toward the satisfying, effervescent finish. Very fine. Drink now-2015.

Technical notes
The destemmed grapes were whole bunch pressed and settled for 24 hours. 90% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels (25% new oak) and the remainder in stainless steel.

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Country: South Africa
Region: Overberg
Sub-Region: Elgin
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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