January 5, 2010

The Journey’s End Range from South Africa

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

journeys end shiraz label

Journey’s End Estate is a stunning boutique winery and vineyard located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from Shropshire – Roger Gabb was previously the founder and MD of Western Wines) purchased this picturesque farm and the surrounding 20ha of vines. Their aim is to create top-quality single-vineyard, hand-crafted wines that are true to the terroir of the vineyards, whilst ensuring the local environment and nature are protected and preserved. The estate benefits from south-facing slopes and cool coastal breezes.”

The Journey’s End wine range is available from the various merchants as listed but are also available direct from Journeys-End-Wine.co.uk.

Red Win Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Journey’s End Merlot, 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Price: £12.99 Stockists: Bibendum, Swig, Wimbledon Wine Cellars, Planet of the Grapes, Whole Foods Market, D.Byrne & Co, sawinesonline.
[More on Adegga / Snooth]Give plenty of breathing time for this to open up fully, you need the full experience of the aroma – a generous and rather gorgeous cedery-edged black fruit medley. The palate, with its tightly grained tannins and a tense acidity core is lightly sweet; a toffee edge, a chocolate tinge, an earthy dimension all combining into a nicely complex whole. Long lasting finish. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% alcohol.
This was served with a couple of slices of warm Cheddar and Walnut and Sausage Rolls and a spoonful of macerated grapes. A nice little match although go easy with the grapes as the sweetness is a little overpowering. The sausage meat – from Porkinson Suffolk Ale and Herb Bangers – helped that earthy edge to become more expressive and forceful; nice indeed. The Sausage Roll recipe, by Tristan Welch of London’s Launceston Place restaurant, is in the February 2010 issue of Delicious.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Journey’s End Shiraz , 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Price: £12.99 Stockists: Bibendum, Unwined Ltd,
Wholefoods Ltd, www.sawinesonline.co.uk. [More on Adegga / Snooth]A delicacy here that is quite beguiling. Add a little whiff of squished up blueberries, a punnet of raspberries and a sprinkling of mixed spice to enliven the palate and it all melds together nicely. There’s a firm, meaty finish that supplies a savoury complexity to the finish. Alcohol 14%, 100% Shiraz.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon , 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Price: £12.99 Stockists: Bibendum, www.wineandwhisky.com; Wimbledon Wine Cellars; Planet of the Grapes; Whole Foods Market; www.sawinesonline.co.uk. [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Some age to the Cab here; evident in a beautifully developed, complex aroma. A strong, muscular lad is this, a firm tannic structure only slightly mellowed by age, holding, like Atlas, a world of herb and liquorice edged black fruit compote, all encased in a dusty-brick whole. A tight, food-hungry, belt of acidity and a decently long length complete the statuesque whole. Alcohol 14.5%. Comprises 92% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 8% Merlot.
The powerful, ripe black fruit in this wine is lush and fleshy on both the nose and palate, with lots of cassis backed by dark chocolate. Eucalyptus, green pepper, herbal spice and underlying mintyness come through on the palate backed by sweet almonds. This is a voluptuously rich wine but it is not over jammy and the mid-acidity brightens the fruit and gives length to the wine. It has lots of ageing potential.

Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

The Journey’s End range continues with a Chardonnay (£12.99), another Chard labelled “Haystack” (£9.99) (neither of which, to be honest, I took to) and a ‘yet-to-be-broached’ Cape Doctor Shiraz 2005 that comes with a £16.99 price tag.

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