In a nutshell: Juicy, dry and fresh South African rosé from the windy Cape coast.
The lowdown: Head south from the town of Stellenbosch itself towards the South Atlantic and False Bay and you hit the Helderberg sub-region, a range of hills that then drop down to the plains and the ocean. Here a handful of Stellenbosch's best wineries sit including Journey's End. The strong Cape Doctor wind that blows in off False Bay races up to the Helderberg allowing the grapes here to have great natural acidity, crucial for a super refreshing rosé like the Wild Child. Made entirely from dry-farmed Grenache grown on north facing shale slopes and picked when the sugars were low this is a refreshing, delicate and juicy rosé. Salmon pink in colour with strawberry, rose petal and orange blossom aromas lead onto a dry and rounded palate with crisp acidity.
When to drink: Great on its own but would go well with salads and light lunches of charcuterie and cheese.
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.