Iona, Monopole Kloof Pinot Noir 750ml 2017South Africa, Elgin
‘From a 2009 vineyard planted to multiple clones on quartzite. 5% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 12 months in 300- and 500-litre barrels, 27% new. Red fruit, dried herbs and fynbos on the nose. The palate is lean and fresh with fine yet grippy tannins. Wonderfully delicate and light’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100
Soils with large deposits of silica quartz with underlying clay.
’Andrew Gunn acquired the Elgin property that came to be known as Iona in 1997, the first vineyards planted a year later. Some two decades on, he feels that he and his team have sufficient insight into the various blocks to warrant bottling single vineyard wines. Going forwards, Iona wines will bear the designation ‘Monopole’, the French term for an area controlled by a single winery…' – Christian Eedes
A dry vintage with elegant fruit and higher natural acidities. A cool winter ensured good vine dormancy. Rainfall was low, similar to 2015 and 2016. Bud break and flowering took place in ideal warm sunny conditions, and although flowering was a little earlier than usual, crops were slightly bigger with exceptional fruit quality and concentration. An unusually cool December slowed down ripening and rain in January during verasion nourished the soils, enabling the vine to focus on ripening the fruit, rather than the foliage and root growth. Grapes were harvested from late February to mid-March. A drier year resulted in low disease pressure, phenolic ripeness and pristine fruit with high natural acidity and an intensity of fruit flavours. The dry vintage provided the intensity whilst the cool spell in December prolonged the ripening period providing the signature elegance marked by the 2017 vintage.
Iona is the coolest vineyard in the Cape, 420m above sea-level, high above the picturesque Elgin Valley. Iona is surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the South. 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.
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