Three stunners from Journey’s End in the Eastern Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, all matched with Diane Bibby’s amazing recipes…

Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2018

The grapes were harvested early I the morning by hand from a single block of 8 year old vines. After being picked early in the morning, grapes were sorted before being whole bunch pressed. Only the free run juice was use and taken to a combination of 300L and 228L French oak barrels where it fermented naturally. The Destination was naturally fermented, and the wine underwent 10% malolactic fermentation naturally. The wine was left on the fine lees and stirred frequently for a period of ten months before being blended in a stainless-steel tank, and then prepared for bottling. The wine is vegan friendly.

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. Elegant simple label. IN the glass the wine is a rich hay colour. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other. Oranges, white fleshed peaches, desiccated apricots. The oak is in undertow with its brown spices and vanilla supporting the fruit. Beautiful balance, long creamy, mineral ending. A truly impressive glass. Eminently drinkable now, though it will reward after a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Dianne Bibby’s Linguini with Shrimps and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Pair
The Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2018 is an excellent sipping wine as an aperitif. It is a magnificent food wine. Dianne Bibby’s Linguini with Shrimps and Fresh Tomato Sauce is a perfect match Click HERE for her recipe.

Awards won are 91 Points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, and a Gold Medal at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

Journey’s End Cape Doctor The Red 2015

From one of the great vintages of 2021 this  fine blend of  39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, all noble red varieties is named after the ‘Cape Doctor’, the cooling and cleansing south-easterly wind that blows through the vineyards from False Bay, bringing many benefits to the vineyards.

The Blend: Bordeaux-style red blend – 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The grape varieties were separately vinified with each variety undergoing  a four-day pre-fermentation cold soak. After fermentation, only the Cabernet Sauvignon was subjected to a two-week post fermentation maceration to ensure a solid tannic structure. The wine spent 20 months maturing in barrel – the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot components in 100% new French oak; the other varieties in second-fill French oak. In preparation for lending and bottling, the wine is unfined and unfiltered where the process of extended barrel maturation manages to fine the components naturally.

Pour
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant and simple. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum red which pale out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are of blackcurrant, blueberry and dried fruits like prunes and raisins. The oak shows itself as a support for the rich an generous fruit with its brown spices and vanilla. From entry the wine is rich and generous. Creamy, with soft tannins, fabulous fruit, acidity, all of which are in perfect harmony in the long and gently waning aftertaste.

Dianne’s Cumin Lamb Kofta Phyllo Pastries

Pair
The Journey’s End Cape Doctor The Red 2015 is a magisterial food wine. Dianne’s Cumin Lamb Kofta Phyllo Pastries are a delicious partner. Click HERE for her recipe.

Awards won are 97 Points and a Platinum Medal – the highest scoring South African red wine – at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards in September.

Journey’s End The Griffin 2016

The Griffin is a mythical beast which protects precious things. Journey’s End is owned by The Gabb Family on whose family crest the Griffin can be found.

The 100% Syrah used for this wine came from a 21 year old vineyards. In the wine undergoes carbonic maceration, a very different way of fermenting red wine. After fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and aged for 16 months in 20% in new American oak, 20% in new French oak and 60% in a combination of second- and third-fill French oak barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label, like the others above, is simple and elegant. In the glass a deep almost purple bloodplum in colour which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Syrah. Plums, blackberries, violets, ground pepper and petrichor. The palate from entry is richly fruited and sappy with silken tannins and counterbalancing acidity. The use of American oak barrels adds a ‘sweetness’ of spun sugar with additional weight on the palate. Very drinkable now, though will reward  with a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Pair
The dish which works really well with this wine is Dianne’s Sticky Honey and Soy Drumsticks… Click HERE for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby, Cookbook Author, Food Photographer, Recipe Developer, creator of these recipes

Purchase: The Journey’s End Wines are available for purchase at Journey’s End Vineyards cellar door, online at https://shop.journeysend.co.za/ and nationally at select fine wine merchants as well as at leading restaurants.

Read more about Journey’s End Wines and its offerings – CLICK HERE

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