IONA Sauvignon Blanc
SAUVIGNON BLANC VINEYARDS
Our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards represent around 60% of the total plantings on Iona. The complexity of the wine is a tribute to the array of vineyard blocks from which the wine is produced. Some of the vineyards are trellised in an east-west direction, helping to produce the underlying herbal tones on the wine, while vineyards trellised north-south help us to provide ripeness and complexity.
We have been planting Sauvignon Blanc regularly from 1998 when the first vineyards were established, and currently there are 22 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc planted.
Fragrance of pure white grapefruit, intense tropical fruit, ripe gooseberry and fleshy kiwi fruit over-lay Iona's distinctive herbal and floral undertones. The palate is keenly balanced showing cut green apples and lime marmalade followed by great minerality and length.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
Each soil type and aspect of the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are matched with different clones to ensure we capture the endless flavours of the variety in the vineyards. These are retained in the cellar, with each block being vinified separately, by following reductive practices and using yeasts Vin7, VL3 and X5.
The harvest of the Sauvignon Blanc stretched from March 13th to early April which provides a perfect, long ripening period to develop the intense concentrated flavours. An important component is the addition of 4% Sémillon which enhances the mid-palate weight and complexity of the wine. Stirring of the lees brings that unmistakable Iona texture.