In 1997 Andrew Gunn bought an old apple farm in Elgin, way up on a ridge, very close to the ocean. Here, on their 100Ha property, he has 40Ha planted to vines. Iona does in no way profess to be all things all people, and in the endeavour to produce a fine glass of wine from this stunning farm, focuses on four quality wines. The philosophy at Iona is to make wine that expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods and to maximise the use of natural products in farming and winemaking. Everything is done in-house. From the vineyard to the wine distribution, for Andrew and his artist wife Rozy, Iona is the sole source of their focus, passion and great joy. ( Winemaker: Werner Muller )
This blend comprises 53% Sauvignon Blanc and 47% Semillon, both fermented with natural yeasts, in very old 500L barrels. The aroma is cool, with fresh pea-shoot greenness and hints of honeysuckle. On flavour, one would expect some fatness from the Semillon, but it too is cool and lithe at this stage. The flavour is elegant and clean, redolent of white peach flesh, youthful with a long, peacock tail finish. Enjoy with fresh linefish and lemon butter sauce, or keep for a few years.