Grape Variety 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Franc
Country South Africa
Alcohol Degree 13.50%
Soil Tukulu & decomposed granite
Vinification The grapes were hand sorted and destemmed but not crushed. Whole berries were cold soaked for 48 hours before undergoing Inoculation. Fermentation took about 15 days at 18 ‒ 28 ̊ C with a carefully planned pump over/punch down schedule to ensure soft tannins. One week of extended maceration took place on the Cabernet Sauvignon tanks. Malolactic Fermentation was done on staves in stainless steel tanks.
Ageing/Maturation After malolactic fermentation the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were racked into older barrels to oak mature for a further 16 months. The Cabernet Franc was kept on staves for 8 months.
Size of the Vineyard 11.38 ha
Journey's End Pastors Blend 2014
A blend of 67 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. A well-judged partnership of the classic Bordeaux varieties, resulting in an elegant, harmonious wine for earlier drinking rather than long cellaring. Juicy plums and brambleberries, a savoury spice dusting from the oak, some dried herbs, giving it versatility for a range of food dishes.
Among the long rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch winelands, caressed by cool coastal breezes, lies the boutique winery and vineyard, Journey’s End. With only a handful of premium, hand-crafted wines produced here, the focus is very much on quality. No more than 25,000 dozen bottles of estate wine are produced in a typical vintage – many of which regularly collect trophies on the international circuit. In fact, thanks to its sea-facing slopes, excellent soils and the exceptional wines emerging from the general area, the Schapenberg terroir has begun to draw comparison with the likes of Bordeaux.