New Look & Vintages, ‘Tales’ from The Farm
Journey’s End Vineyards have released the latest vintages of their new-look Tales Series; a range of four wines, each with eye-catching modern designs to show the inspiration behind the labels.
The new releases include:
Journey’s End Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Journey’s End Haystack Chardonnay 2019
Journey’s End The Huntsman Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache 2019
Journey’s End Pastor’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019
JOURNEY’S END WEATHER STATION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
The Tale: This wine is named after the famed SB11 ‘Weerstasie Kloon’ (Weather Station clone) which is one of the core components used in this wine. First propagated in Stellenbosch in the 1920s, it made a huge resurgence in the late 1970s. The clone is nicknamed ‘The Weather Station’ as the original plantings were made beside an old weather station, which proved invaluable in enabling the farms to spot oncoming changes in the weather and thus pick their fruit at its optimum condition.
Tasting Notes: The wine displays full ripe tropical fruit notes while maintaining the fresh natural acidity and minerality distinctive of the area. A pronounced nose of passionfruit, green apple and piney notes is complemented by salty minerality, hints of kiwifruit and a seam of freshness giving vitality and extending the flavours. The wine has a lovely weight and round mouthfeel on the mid-palate, and a balanced acidity which brings freshness and length to the finish.
Food Pairing: See attached winemaker Mike Dawson’s recipe for White Wine Mussel Soup to enjoy with the Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc.
JOURNEY’S END HAYSTACK CHARDONNAY 2019 (UNOAKED)
The Tale: This wine takes its name from the age-old practice of planting wheat between the rows of vines (to prevent weeds and therefore reduce the need for spraying). This is just one of a number of organic and bio-dynamic practices on the farm. This wine pays homage to the preservation and protection of nature and the environment at Journey’s End.
Tasting notes: Pronounced citrus peel, lime and melon flavours delight on the nose and the palate, enhanced by a richness and complexity from 4 months post fermentation lees contact. Drink now and up until 2023. The balance between creaminess and freshness makes for a food-friendly wine.
Food Pairing: Ideal with sushi, creamy dishes and seafood.
JOURNEY’S END THE HUNTSMAN – SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE GRENACHE 2019
The Tale: This wine is named in honour of the Cape Hunt hounds’ original kennels dating back to 1822, the foundations of which were found by the Gabb family when they were building their cellar. 1811 marked the first ever hunt in the Western Cape with hounds imported from Gloucestershire, UK. To this day, the Cape Hunt remains the oldest Hunt in the New World.
The Blend: 54% Shiraz, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache with 6% Viognier
Tasting Notes: A beautiful dark ruby red colour, this wine shows expressive notes of violets, redcurrant and cherries with hints of white pepper and liquorice along with an evenly balanced oak structure and elegant soft powdery tannins. It is full bodied and smoothly luscious, the freshness adding lift and vibrancy to the richness of the dark fruit. Drink now and until 2024.
Food Pairing: See attached winemaker Mike Dawson’s recipe for Fillet with Peppercorn Sauce to complement The Huntsman.
JOURNEY’S END PASTOR’S BLEND – CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT CABERNET FRANC 2019
The Tale: This wine pays homage to the Pastors from the local village of Sir Lowry’s Pass who regularly deliver Sunday sermons at the foot of the Journey’s End vineyard. It is through these local pastors that Journey’s End channels resources for their support and development programmes to uplift a community traditionally plagued by low socio-economic conditions. Journey’s End’s support includes running soup kitchens and pensioners lunches, building a new school hall, providing music lessons, funding a creche and a campaign to eradicate bullying in the township schools.
The Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes: A well-judged partnership of the classic Bordeaux varieties, this is an elegant harmonious wine displaying rich notes of juicy dark red fruit including plums, cherries and blackberries with a savoury spice dusting from the oak and some dried herbs giving it versatility for a range of food dishes. This wine is made for earlier drinking rather than long cellaring.
Food Pairing: Enjoy with lamb shanks, roast beef or venison.
PURCHASE JOURNEY’S END TALES SERIES WINES
All four of the Tales Series wines are vegan-friendly and are available for purchase at the cellar, online at https://shop.journeysend.co.za/ and nationally at selected retail outlets and wine merchants. Approximate retail prices: R100 for the white wines and R117 for the red wines.