Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Elgin cellar Iona has become a Sauvignon Blanc powerhouse over the years and the latest releases don’t disappoint. Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Price: R85 W.O. Cape South Coast (80% Elgin). White peach, grapefruit and a little white pepper on the nose. No shortage of richness – really good fruit concentration and nicely coated acidity […]

October 31, 2017
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Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium 2017 opening address

Andrew Gunn, owner of Iona Vineyards in Elgin, presented the opening address at the district’s second annual Chardonnay Colloquium, containing some heartfelt thoughts on the state of wine farming. Full transcript below: Firstly our consumers, without you we don’t have a business. Jamie [Goode], great to have you back again with your vast knowledge on […]

October 9, 2017
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Solace Syrah 2015

The Swartland has pretty much taken ownership of top-end Syrah but Solace from Elgin property Iona demonstrates that other districts might also want to lay claim to the variety. 2015 is the second vintage of this wine and shows even more assurance on the part of the winemaker Werner Muller. The nose shows red fruit, […]

September 7, 2017
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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Including 4% Semillon, this wine from Elgin producer Iona is extraordinarily expressive right now with notes of granadilla and pineapple to the fore on the nose but also lime and a little jasmine. The palate is fairly bursting with fruit offset by racy acidity, the finish long and dry. Just about critic proof. Wine Cellar […]

January 16, 2017
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Solace Syrah 2014

The wines of Elgin property Iona tend to have a careful tastefulness about them and this is once again the case with the new Solace Syrah 2014. Spontaneously fermented and matured in older 500-litre barrels, the nose shows red fruit, some floral fragrance, fynbos and white pepper while the palate is medium bodied with bright […]

November 14, 2016
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Six Nations Wine Challenge 2015 results

Results of this year’s Six Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA have been announced. There are six judges, one from each participating country with Michael Fridjhon representing South Africa, and each judge is set the task of selecting 100 wines across 17 classes with a maximum of […]

October 8, 2015
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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
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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
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