Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (R100)
Iconic wines don't happen by accident. This one has the coolest of climates (Iona is situated on a mountain plateau 450m above the Atlantic Ocean) and comprises eight different Sauvignon Blanc clones, with each block vinified separately. It's the skilful blending of these components and the addition of four percent Sèmillon that lifts the wine to greatness. An intense concentration of lime, green pepper and kiwi fruit on the nose complements a racy palate. It's delicious now but will also age superbly.
Why you love it: "An ultra-cool climate makes for slow ripening. The result? A wine of elegance and concentration." – Michele Lagesse
Pair it with: Goat's cheese drizzled with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, served with crusty bread.
Bargain basement stand-in: Iona Sophie Te'blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (R57) – the younger sister of Iona's iconic wine has racked up a loyal following for its fuller, slightly sweeter structure.