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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Region: Elgin
  • Grape: 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
  • ABV: 13%
  • Awards/Accolades: 92 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Special Report 2018

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Tasting Notes

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017 has an aromatic nose with fine mineral notes with gooseberry and grapefruit aromas. The palate is so well balanced and elegant, with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of grapefruit and light gooseberry fruit and a long, flinty finish.

Andrew and Rosy Gunn’s vineyards are located in the Highlands of Elgin to the South East of Cape Town. They are situated on a mountain plateau at 420 metres surrounded by the Kogelburg Nature Reserve where the prevailing winds off the cold Atlantic ocean, account for the layered nuances of their Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes ripen slowly here, often some 2 months later than other Cape vineyards. Winemaker Werner Muller is one of the most highly respected winemakers in South Africa and Iona wines continue to go from strength to strength

Akin to the Pouilly Fume style of Sauvignon; this is an accomplished wine, the 2017 vintage has been given 92 points by Tim Atkin MW in his South Africa Report 2018.

“Texture is the missing link in Sauvignon Blanc” says Werner Muller, who used 4% Semillon and some barrel fermentation in this justifiably successful expression of the grape. Grapefruity, tangy and herbal with crunchy acidity and good wight. Drink 2018 – 2021.  Tim Atkin MW: Special Report South Africa 2018


Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017 captures that charm: the ripe gooseberry fruit which defines the variety is unmistakable, but it retains an all-important savoury sensibility on the palate, as well as a chalky, flinty character reminiscent of the Loire. There is a sort of soft-focus elegance to the structure that makes it compellingly drinkable for casual drinkers, and grace notes of spice and hops for anyone paying closer attention.”

…”This Sauvignon Blanc has a quality-to-price ratio that far outstrips most of its peers, be they from the Loire, Marlborough, Chile or anywhere else.”   Richard Hemming MW in Jancis Robinson Purple Pages September 2018