Grape Variety: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Franc
Country: South Africa
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 2016
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.