This recipe is just fantastic and so easy it's worth trying. If you're having a whole bunch of people over for lunch you can take the pressure off and make the pastry the day before and then the rest is a doddle.Read More
LIFE ON IONA
Iona's Chardonnay was awarded Gold and Pinot Noir Bronze at the Old Mutual Wine Trophy Awards on 27 May 2015.Read More
Three of Iona's wines were awarded high scores by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate in Issue #215 - "Think "+": South Africa 2014".Read More
I am not much one for desserts, strange considering my Namesake and great aunt, Rosie, would politely endure a meal as a means of getting stuck into the pudding course. She lived fiercely until she was 97 so it worked for her. The following dessert is so jam packed full of nutritious ingredients it would no doubt have added years onto her life, although taken a few off my mom and her her sisters who looked after her!Read More
Last summer we had our daughter in law spend a few weeks with us. She is a complete health nut and one of the most uncompromising eaters I have encountered. The following recipes are inspired by some of the fabulous recipes she brought into our kitchen and cooked for us. Nourishing and delicious.Read More
A summons from the Boss (or rather from the formidable women in our office – which is much more scary) to fill you in on our past season. Having rather deftly avoided the "Spring" letter, I'm in no danger of inundating the unwitting public with Newsletters. I give you my word they will continue to be erratic and infrequent.Read More
2013 Iona, Chardonnay, Elgin, South Africa (£15.00, Marks & Spencer). This is a tour de force from one of the most inventive and impressive wineries in the Cape. With eleven months spent in large oak casks the nuttiness and decadence in this sublime Chardonnay make it the perfect partner for the Turkey crown with sourdough crumbs and orange zest.
Very fine and fresh and sleek. Dry and super appetising. A very fair price. Much more interesting than most Marlborough examples.
Iona Chardonnay 2013 Elgin. Elgin has a talent for Chardonnay. I tried this wine, which in the UK is stocked by Marks & Spencer, and was blown away by it. I gave it a good write up, and then a week later found out it had been awarded five stars by Platter. So I wasn't alone in my admiration. Iona has stepped up a gear in the 2013 vintage, for sure.
Iona Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa 2013. South African sauvignon blanc just gets better and better, and Andrew Gunn's pin-sharp Iona exemplifies the country's stylistic stance between bold Kiwi and refined Loire in his cool-climate vineyards in Elgin, with the elderflower and grassiness presented with real verve and nerve.