Iona - Syrah 2008



Iona - Syrah 2008
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A classic understated blend of the traditional Rhone varieties Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier results in a lovely voluptuous wine with cool climate characters of white pepper and red berry fruit.

Iona's Syrah is produced in very small quantities at this stage (120 cases) and the cool climate results in wines that are Northern Rhone in style showing white pepper, savoury and red fruit notes. Will suit carpaccio and anti-pasti, as well as a tomato-based pasta; or try with barbequed meats.

The Vineyard Notes:
The Shiraz on Iona started as a nursery error ... When we planted our Cabernet Sauvignon, unknown to us (and hopefully the nursery!), we were supplied with approximately 600 Shiraz vines. This was only discovered when we were ready to harvest our first Cabernet Sauvignon and we found grapes interspersed in the vineyard that were not quite ready. They were identified as Shiraz and left to ripen and were harvested in early May 2004. The quality was outstanding and as a result we planted another 4ha which will come into production for the 2007 vintage.

Grape: Shiraz 90%, Viognier 5% & Mourverdre 5%.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Iona   -
ABV:   13.5%
Brand:   Iona
Country of Origin:   South Africa
Grape Type:   Syrah/Shiraz
Region:   Elgin
Vintage:   2008


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Producer Information

The wines of Iona come from a dramatically unique site in the Cape Winelands. The vineyards are on a mountain plateau 420 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold - the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance. Iona is South Africa's coolest vineyard site.
Andrew Gunn and family acquired this beautiful, but run-down apple farm in 1997. It was renamed "IONA" after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. Andrew Gunn can trace his ancestry to the Vikings that landed in Scotland in the 900s, hence the Viking longboat emblem on our labels.

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