Journey’s End benchmark tasting: Bordeaux varieties

March 29, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
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Blowing up a storm.

A flight of eight wines pitching Journey’s End against some of the “strongest and most prestigious” wine brands from South Africa and the rest of the world.

Scores and brief tasting notes for the Journey’s End wines below:

MERLOT
Score: 14.5/20
Journey’s End 2007 – R120/bottle
Red fruit, slight minty note. Medium bodied, soft tannins, simple.

Score: 14/20
Arboleda 2008 (Aconcagua, Chile)
Vergelegen Reserve 2007

General comments: A really disappointing flight. The Arboleda was a caricature of Chilean wine – fruit pastille, mint and reduction while the Vergelegen was overtly herbaceous, angular and mean.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON-BASED BLENDS
Score: 18/20
Chateau Talbot 1999 (Fourth Growth, St.-Julien)

Score: 16.5/20
Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2007 – R180/bottle
Subtle, complex nose including red and black fruit as well as fynbos. Good fruit concentration, fresh acidity, fine tannins.

Score: 16/20
Chateau Cantemerle 2007 (Fifth Growth, Haut-Médoc)
Thelema 2008

Score: 15/20
Chateau Potensac 2008 (Cru Bourgeois, Medoc)

Score: 14.5/20
Kumala Journey’s End 2001 – R120/bottle
Slight herbal note on otherwise shy nose. Medium bodied with red fruit still more or less intact but no great complexity.

Score: 14/20
Journey’s End 2006 – R120/bottle
Extremely minty on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with red fruit, fresh acidity. Excessively green.
Springfield Whole Berry 2010

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