14.5% | SOUTH AFRICA

Young and fresh, with aromas and flavours of ripe blackcurrant fruit, cassis and spicy oak. Ripe tannins give this wine a firm and rich mouthfeel, with a lasting finish. A...
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Young and fresh, with aromas and flavours of ripe blackcurrant fruit, cassis and spicy oak. Ripe tannins give this wine a firm and rich mouthfeel, with a lasting finish.

A core of rich blackcurrants, black plum, with a savoury overlay, meat extract, white pepper, mixed spice. The velvety texture is a result of maturation and fine-textured tannins. Complex, layered and well crafted. Drink now and up to 2030.

The grapes were handpicked early in the morning from block 6B situated next to a Eucalyptus forest which has an influence on the flavour profile but also protects the block from the wind. The grapes were picked at 25.5 balling and stored overnight in the cold room before processed the next morning.

The grapes were hand sorted and de-stemmed but not crushed. Whole berries were cold soaked for 72 hours. The juice was subjected to a five day pre-fermentation cold maceration and was thereafter fermented with neutral yeast to depict a true vineyard character in the wine . Fermentation took about 15 days at 18 - 25̊ C with a carefully planned pump over and punch down schedule in open fermentation tanks. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrels and only free run juice was used. Wine was oak matured for 16 months in 25% new 300L French oak barrels, 5% new American oak and the rest in 2nd fill 300L French Oak barrels.

Founded in 1996 when the Gabb family took over the estate, Journey’s End is situated right in the heart of Stellenbosch - and, with one of the cape's most exciting terroirs, has quickly become one of the region's top wineries.

In the cellars, winemaker Leon Esterhuizen handles the grapes as little as possible, using pre-fermentation soaks to maximise fruit characters. His sensitive use of oak ensures that the fruit always shines through in the glass.

The family's philosophy is one of minimal intervention, both in the vineyards and the cellar. 10ha of land on the estate has been set aside for a re-wilding project, and similar respect for the environment can be seen across the whole winery. Journey's End are committed to using only natural pesticides, where possible forgoing these in favour of cover crops to distract pests away from vines and act as a natural fertiliser. Wildlife is abundant throughout the vineyards and farm and works to create a perfect ecosystem for winegrowing; from beehives that encourage pollination, to Egyptian runner ducks that eat insects, to Eagle owls that catch rodents.

But Journey's End don't stop there - they were the second winery in the whole of South Africa to become entirely solar powered. Alongside this, they have a deep-running focus on community; one of our Fairtrade producers, they undertake efforts from running soup kitchens and pensioners' lunches, to building new school halls.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon
Country
South Africa
Region
Stellenbosch
Vintage
2016
ABV %
14.5%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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