The Chardonnay is produced from 2 north-facing vineyards on the western boundary of the farm, both planted in 2003.
The 2009 plantings are not currently producing but bring the total of Chardonnay up to 3.44 hectares on Iona. The wines are rich and intense, with small berries from poor set often responsible for the intensity of the wines.
Stylish and burgundian with lime and lemon undertones. Bright citrus, oyster shell minerality, and a hint of almonds and biscuit brioche on the finish. Beautiful floral notes and bright fresh acidity persist.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours, after which it was racked to 300 liter French oak barrels. 90% of the Chardonnay is barrel fermented and 10% fermented in stainless steel tanks. We used 100% French oak barrels; 30% were new oak.