Iona - Solace - Syrah

About This Item

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 Syrah’s expression is different from France or California. It has a vibrant, dry quality to it, with a delicate blend of soft fruits and acidity. The nose puts forth bright red cherries freshly picked from the tree, blackberries and red plums, with just a hint of the South African earthiness and baking spices. On the palate, the fruit is balanced out with the acidity of the grape and brings forth fresh blackberries and red plums with a hint of pepper on the finish.

Pairing: This wine would pair well with meat such as a good quality burger, a rib eye cut or short ribs, as well as BBQ meats and pasta made with either a cream sauce or nice Bolognese. If you want to fare on the lighter side, soft cheeses and charcuterie meats with go very well with this wine also.


Format/ABV:750 ml/13.6

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