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4 minute interview with Michael Olivier


Iona's four minute interview with Michael Olivier on Fine Music Radio 101.3FM.
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Posted. 2014-05-12

Top 10 Wines in the UK Press


Anderson's recommendation was for this Sauvignon Blanc which he said was one of the "finest versions" of the grape he had tasted from South Africa.
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Wine tasting notes: the best Elgin whites


Elgin, not far from Cape Town, produces some of South Africa's best white wines.
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Posted. 2014-04-19

Iona Pinot excels in the global pinot noir 20-30 pound category


The drinks business Pinot Noir Masters saw judges tackle almost 300 bottles to discover some worthy winners among the high volume of entries.
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Wild about Sophie

Humour is not the first sense encountered in the travails of the Cape winelands. Then along came Sophie.

There are some out there who think South African sauvignon is taken far too seriously (and too highly priced). And it cannot be said that the local wine industry is awash with truly amusing labels. (Not those that are funny for the wrong reasons: those awful, invented, pretentious names, and truly horrific, self-praising descriptions on back labels.)

But one must hand it to the Gunns of Iona in Elgin. Their new Sophie Te'blanche is a real eye-catching, drinking joy. Name (a delightful, silly bit of awkward wordplay with entertaining associations) and label (simple, camp and cheerful) are the best since the Fat Bastards appeared years ago. It's a nice cut-down of sauvignon hype about the 'wild white' – and has a good price to match.

Made from what remains after the fee-run juice has been drawn for the now famous Iona sauvignon, the Sophie Te'blanche 2009 is a tad sweeter, but with the winery's typical floral, pear and mineral tones. A lovely wine, but more so for the name and illustration on the easy-drinking screw-capped bottle. What a wily, wacko wild gal!

Melvyn Minnaar
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Wine tasting notes: the best Elgin whites

Elgin, not far from Cape Town, produces some of South Africa's best white wines.
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