What I Drank Last Night
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Iona Chardonnay 2008

Growing old gracefully.

It seems to me that if modern-era South African reds generally reach their peak a little earlier than one might like, then the whites don’t get enough credit for their age-worthiness. Last night a bottle of Chardonnay 2008 from Iona in Elgin. Half … [Read more...]

Iona One Man Band 2009

Marching to the beat of a different drummer.

Another wine from the recent Elgin red wine review which shows the way forward was the yet-to-be-released Iona One Man Band 2009. The maiden vintage 2008 was nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 but ultimately wasn’t endorsed. I, for one, found it … [Read more...]

Hannay Sauvignon Blanc 2012


Yesterday a tasting of 18 examples of Sauvignon Blanc from the ward of Elgin. “I want people to realise that cool climate doesn’t equal “green”. It equals extra hang-time and riper flavours,” says James Downes, co-owner and viticulturist at Shannon … [Read more...]

One Man Band by Iona 2008


One Man Band is the new high-end red blend from Andrew and Rozy Gunn of Iona in Elgin. When the two married in 2003, they kept both their properties, his high on the mountain overlooking the sea and hers in a more inland valley. Being more maritime, … [Read more...]

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Nicely done.

The Sauvignon Blanc from Iona in Elgin usually takes at least 12 months from vintage to open up but the 2012 (R107.50) bottled a week ago is already looking great. Expressive without being at all exaggerated, it shows aromas of citrus, fynbos and … [Read more...]

Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010

A Twitter sensation.

If you’ve got an account on the micro-blogging site Twitter and an interest in South African wine but haven’t heard of Seven Springs Vineyards, then you’re not paying attention. There are few who match and none who better Seven Springs owner Tim … [Read more...]