Journey’s End Vineyards on the Schapenberg is owned by the Gabb family who know a thing or two about selling wine – Roger Gabb founded Western Wines in 1980, the company responsible for the hugely successful Kumala brand.
When you consider the current Journey’s End range, however, it’s not clear what the vision for the property is. Most of what’s on offer is pleasant enough but not very exciting and you have a sense that a farm situated not all that far away from the likes of Morgenster, Vergelegen and Waterkloof should be doing better.
That is until you come to the maiden release of The Griffin Syrah 2012. Winemaker Leon Esterhuizen made a 2 000-litre experimental batch using carbonic maceration, the wine then matured in a combination of 60% new American and 40% used French oak.
On the nose, there’s a note of smoked meat as well as red and black berries. The palate is really succulent with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins. Whereas many of the wines seem stylistically behind the times, this is new wave in the best sense. Price: R200 a bottle.