2019 Iona Nebbiolo D’Elgin

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Perfumed with a floral nose of rose petals, intense aromas of red fruit, red cherry, raspberries and underlying spice notes. Vibrant acidity and fine grained chalky tannins make this a powerful and exceptional age worthy wine.

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Description

Perfumed with a floral nose of rose petals, intense aromas of red fruit, red cherry, raspberries and underlying spice notes. Vibrant acidity and fine grained chalky tannins make this a powerful and exceptional age worthy wine.

Technical Details

ALCOHOL 13.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR 1.8 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY 5.9 g/l
PH 3.3

Winemaking

Grapes were hand harvested into small crates and spent overnight in a cold room. Extensive bunch sorting by hand prior to destemming occured. Bunches were destemmed without crushing. Grapes were cold soaked for 5-7 days prior to the start of fermentation. Fermentation occured naturally in open top fermenters. A combination of gentle punchdowns and pumpovers by hand 2 times per day, depending on requirements, were used during fermentation where the temperature peaked at 28°C. The wines were transferred to 500L and 300L French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place (12% new wood, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill). Maturation in oak was for 16 months, on the lees for the full period. After ageing for 16 months in barrel, the wines were racked and blended in stainless steel tank. The wines were clarified naturally for a period of 2 months before bottling.

Vintage Notes

The 2019 season started with a cold June month, with average rainfall. This was followed by the warmest July on record (3°C warmer than the long-term avg.) with rainfall far below the long-term avg. The warm July led to very early budding, especially on the Chardonnay vineyards, which was followed by a cold August and September (both months about 2°C cooler than the previous year). This led to very uneven budding. Strong winds during end of October and early November also led to long and uneven flowering. The consequences of uneven budding and flowering were reduced crop levels and reduced berry size. December and January were characterised by cool growing conditions, with January being especially cool. The growing season was characterised by dry, cool conditions and smaller yields, which resulted in concentrated fruit, with intense flavour. The season allowed us to pick fruit at optimal ripeness, with low alcohol and pH levels and balanced acidities. The 2019 harvest was one of the earliest we had on Iona.

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