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SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were you to assemble a group of professional tasters and tell them that they were about to taste a line-up of Pinot from New Zealand rather than South Africa, they would necessarily [...]

August 3, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Moderation required in the closure debate

The cork vs screwcap debate is in danger of becoming too polarised. During the recent Elgin White Wine Retrospective, a workshop convened by the Elgin Valley Wine Guild to analyse strengths and weaknesses of members’ current-release wines, there were two incidents which again illustrated that deciding on the most appropriate closure is no easy matter. [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Last night the annual White Wine Review hosted by Cape Town retailer Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar at the Table Bay Hotel.  A stand-out wine for me was the Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Iona in Elgin. Harvest was late by South African standards, stretching from mid-March to early April and the benefits of this are clear [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Iona Chardonnay 2008

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 oaked, 20% new, it showed some marmalade and peach. On the whole, [...]

September 13, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Iona One Man Band 2009

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 somewhat curious – a blend of 60% Syrah, the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, [...]

August 26, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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 Vineyards, one of the properties in the ward. My feeling is that while pyrazines are [...]

December 5, 2012
by Christian
with 3 Comments

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, the top farm is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

August 21, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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 jasmine.Take a sip and there’s a burst of fruit on entry before [...]

August 21, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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