In a nutshell: A bright and balanced single vineyard Stellenbosch Chardonnay.
The lowdown: A wine carefully balanced between citrus and mineral freshness, ripe stone and tropical fruits, between preserving those crisp fruit flavours and the roundness, softness and complexity of subtle oak ageing. Spending 9 months on oak, of which only 30% was new, the rest being used, adds a lovely mouthfeel and complex spice and savoury notes without becoming too rich and creamy. The clean fruits of lemon, apple, pear and pineapple shine through with a crisp and tangy finish.
When to drink: Classically pairs with seafood, roast chicken and pork dishes.
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.