The Chardonnay is produced from 2 north-facing vineyards on the western boundary of the farm, both planted in 2003.
The 2009 plantings are not currently producing but bring the total of Chardonnay up to 3.44 hectares on Iona. The wines are rich and intense, with small berries from poor set often responsible for the intensity of the wines.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours, after which it was racked to 300 liter French oak barrels. 90% of the Chardonnay is barrel fermented and 10% fermented in stainless steel tanks. We used 100% French oak barrels; 35% were new oak.
The wine shows concentrated apple blossom and citrus notes, with underlying hazelnut and lime undertones, which adds to layered complexity. Stony tautness adds to freshness and precision. The wine has great mid-palate length, with a long and intense ﬁnish.