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.
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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.
13% alcohol. A lovely Elgin Chardonnay that blends freshness with a bit of richness. Just beautifully balanced. Grapefruit, pear, white peach and subtle bready notes combine to create an expressive Chardonnay with real citrus precision. Real class. | JAMIE GOODE | 94/100