In a nutshell: An easy drinking Stellenbosch take on a classic Bordeaux blend.
The lowdown: Cabernet Sauvignon dominated with Merlot and Cabernet Franc matured for 14 months in used French oak barrels allows the wine to soften and develop while preserving the fresh fruit flavours and with out imparting too many oaky flavours. It has rich dark fruit aromas of blackcurrant and ripe cherries with subtle spicy notes from the oak and a fresh palate of juicy plums and blackcurrant with savoury spice and dried herby notes. A young, fresh Bordeaux blend made for early drinking.
When to drink: This is a great weekday supper wine suited to wide range of dishes, everything from sausages to spaghetti bolognaise.
Journey's End Vineyard is owned by the Gabb Family, originally from Shropshire in the UK. The Gabb family took control of this picturesque wine farm surrounded by 20 ha of gorgeous vineyards in 1995. By 2011 they had grown the estate to 120 ha. Journey's End Vineyard is truly a family affair with the initial investment made by Roger Gabb and now continued by his son Rollo after taking the helm in 2007.
The family's philosophy is of minimal intervention. The aim of which is to create top-quality, single vineyard and appellation wines that integrate the tension between remaining true to the terroir, and finding their unique expression of it. In a typical vintage, no more than 25,000 dozen bottles of estate wine are produced. Many of these regularly collect trophies on the international circuit.
The Schapenberg terroir has begun to draw a comparison with the likes of Bordeaux, thanks to its sea-facing slopes, excellent soils and the exceptional wine emerging from the general area.