Iona - Elgin Highlands - Sauvignon Blanc
Overview: Established in 1997, Iona Vineyards is a family-owned wine farm located 1,450 feet above sea level overlooking the picturesque Elgin Valley. With the Atlantic Ocean a mere 2 miles away, this unique location invites sea breezes that make it one of the coolest micro climates in the Western Cape. This results in the grapes being on the vine two months longer than most Cape vineyards, thus resulting in beautifully developed flavor profiles.
Accordingly, Iona produces some of the best Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the New World. Iona is also blessed with the incredibly talented winemaker, Werner Muller, who has 12 Iona harvests under his belt. The owners of Iona, Andrew and Rozy Gunn, believe that an integral part of their success is their people. All Iona employees are shareholders and receive pension funds, education and social support. Their philosophy is that they would rather employ people than machines; and the winemaker is the custodian of the fruit.
Tasting Notes: This balanced but vibrant Sauvignon Blanc has notes of gooseberries and hints of white jasmine mixed with ruby grapefruit and fresh lemons. The palate has a balance of acidity and delicate white flower and lemon grass notes as the fruit slowly comes forth with notes of green apples and limes with a touch of minerality on the finish.
Pairing: Spicy Indian or Thai food, soft creamy cheeses like blue or cheddar would also pair well with this wine.
Format/ABV: 750 ml/13.2
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