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Iona Chardonnay 2012

Iona Chardonnay 750ml 2012      
Sku: 1848361*

Iona is located in Elgin, South Africa, about 27 miles southeast of Cape Town. The Gunn family acquired this dilapidated apple farm in 1997 and renamed the property Iona, after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. The estate is surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature during the growing season at Iona is 63F and it is South Africa’s coolest vineyard. The climate is remarkably similar to that of Bordeaux with two positive exceptions: Elgin enjoys 50% less rain during the harvest months and is slightly warmer in April (equal to October in Bordeaux). The vineyards were planted in 1998; mostly to Sauvignon Blanc (65%) followed by Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier and other Bordeaux varietals. Farming is biodynamic, only estate fruit is used and the wines are bottled in screw cap. The cool climate at Iona ensures slow and even phenolic maturation. Winemaker John Seccombe takes full advantage of this unique terroir to produce transparent, focused wines of place. The long boat emblem on the labels is homage to owner Andrew Gunn’s Viking heritage.

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.

 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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Regional Varietals:
Non-Varietal Red Blend
Country: South Africa
Region: Overberg
Sub-Region: Elgin
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
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