Iona Chardonnay is produced from three north-facing vineyards at 420m above sea level. The vineyards were planted in 2003 and 2009, on predominantly sandstone soils with underlying clay. The clones planted on the different sites include CY95, CY96, 548 and Rustenburg. The vineyards are between 8-13 years old.
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.
The grapes were hand-picked and spent overnight in a cold room, before being whole bunch pressed. No settling enzymes were used, resulting in juice containing more solids. This wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of 300L French oak barrels (22% new, the rest in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels). Lees stirring was done every 3rd week for 4 months to add complexity and texture. The wine remained on the lees for a total of 11 months. 14% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation to add richness and texture. Thereafter, the wines were racked and blended in stainless steel tanks. The wine was fined and stabilised naturally for a period of three months before bottling.