Journey’s End current releases

By , 16 November 2020

Journey’s End in Somerset West was acquired by Roger Gabb, founder of Western Wines that came up with the successful Kumala brand in 1995 and is today run by his son, Rollo. Tasting notes for the top-end current releases that form the Precision Series as follows:

Journey’s End The Griffin Syrah 2016
Price: R280
Vinification involved carbonic maceration before maturation lasting 16 months, 20% new American oak, 20% new French oak and the rest older French oak. Red fruit, mint and other fresh herbs, vanilla and spice on the nose. The palate is rich and broad although not short of freshness, the tannins already resolved and hence quite soft – drink now.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2015
Price: R280
39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Matured for 20 months in barrel, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in new oak and the rest in older oak. A complex nose of red and blackberries, a subtle herbal note, olive, oyster shell, earth and vanilla. The palate is deep and rich with lots of flavours but equally good freshness while the tannins are fine-grained. Well balanced, this is a classic example of a Cape Bordeaux Red Blend.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

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Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2019 (R280 a bottle) rated 90 points in the Prescient Chardonnay Report 2019 – see here.

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