Iona Elgin Highlands Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

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200309
Perfectly ripe Sauvignon Blanc fermented with wild yeast in large wood format results in an array of complexity: textured, multi-layered with minerality, salinity, blackcurrent, white stone fruits, a rich palate and a long zesty finish.
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Winemaker Andrew Gunn
Organic Yes
SKU 200309
ABV 13.50%
At 420m above sea-level, set high above the picturesque Elgin Valley Andrew Gunn founded Iona. It is here overlooking the Atlantic ocean that he has secured some of the coolest vineyards in the Cape. 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.

Viticulture Each soil type and aspect of the Sauvignon blanc vineyards are matched with different clones to ensure they capture the endless flavours of the variety in the vineyards. These are retained in the cellar, with each block being vinified separately. The harvest of the Sauvignon blanc stretched from middle March to early April which provides a perfect long ripening period to develop the intense concentrated flavours.Viticulture The grapes were selected from three different vineyard sites, Block D2, Baker vineyard and Block F4. The soils consist of Table Mountain Sandstone, giving delicacy and intense, concentrated fruit flavours. The blocks consist of two different clones, 316 and 259. Winemaking Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled for 12hours, before being racked to 500L French oak barrels (2nd,3rd and 4th fill). Fermentation was spontaneous and the temperature was kept between 18 - 22‚°C. The wine was aged for 11 months in barrel, before it was racked and bottled.

Perfectly ripe Sauvignon Blanc fermented with wild yeast in large wood format results in an array of complexity: textured, multi-layered with minerality, salinity, blackcurrent, white stone fruits, a rich palate and a long zesty finish.
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