Introducing Journey’s End Vineyards’ Tales Series #News

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

Winemaker Mike Dawson has kindly shared some of his favourite recipes for food pairing with the Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc and The Huntsman Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache. Mike focuses on sustainable grape growing and winemaking with a minimal intervention approach, incorporating organic practices wherever possible. He is also mindful in his day-to-day life at Journey’s End Vineyards, which he calls home. Here, Mike grows and tends to his own bountiful vegetable and herb garden, and very much enjoys cooking seasonally with his produce.

See Mike Dawson’s recipes for White Wine Mussel Soup to enjoy with the Weather Station, and Fillet with Peppercorn Sauce to complement The Huntsman.

 

JOURNEY’S END TALES SERIES NEW VINTAGE WINES

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 below 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 below 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.

 

JOURNEY’S END ACCREDITATIONS

The Journey’s End team has always been wholly committed to being environmentally sustainable and socially responsible – a dedication that seen the farm steadily picking up numerous admirable accreditations over the years.

· WIETA (Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association) accredited since 2013

· HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) accredited since 2014

· BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) accredited since 2013

· IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) accredited since 2013. IPW is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme

· Fairtrade accreditation since April 2017 – and now working towards ISO 22000

· IFS (International Featured Standards) accredited since February 2019

· WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Conservation Champion 2021

 

VISIT JOURNEY’S END VINEYARDS

The stylish tasting centre, glassed on three sides, overlooks the barrel cellar and embraces the untrammelled beauty of the panoramic vista. The décor is elegantly minimalist and chic, and the centre spills out onto a spacious terrace, offering spectacular views of mountains, vineyards and False Bay, all the way across to Cape Point.

· Tasting and sales by appointment: Monday Friday: 10h00 – 17h00

· BYO picnic, walks, hikes, MTB and horse-riding

· The floating lapa on the dam is also very popular for tastings, sundowners, swimming, fishing and stargazing

· Journey’s End’s magnificent Trebuchet is not to be missed!

 

The Journey’s End Trebuchet

Our Trebuchet

 

JOURNEY’S END VINEYARDS, SIR LOWRY’S PASS ROAD, SOMERSET WEST 7130

Tel: 021 858 1929 · Email: info@journeysend.co.za

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