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Journeys End Wine

Journeys End Wine

Journeys End Wine

Journeys End Wines South African wines are becoming very popular in the Midlands due to their round of Wine and food matching dinners being held in the Shropshire area.

Owner Rollo Gabb is well known in the Midlands, and world wide following the success of their ‘Kumula Wine’ range, which was part of the extremely successful ‘Western Wines” company which was based in Telford, Shropshire, before their sale some years ago.

The recent launch in Shropshire accompanied by importer Clive Dickinson of Classic Wine Direct has resulted in an increase in demand amongst consumers, and the Midlands Restaurants due to the quality value offering of the range.

The stunning vineyards on the Journey’s End estate were purchased and replanted by the Gabb family in 1996.

This beautiful location in the Helderberg Basin near Sir Lowry’s Pass benefits from south-facing slopes and cool coastal breezes.

The Schaapenberg terroir with its sea-facing slopes and excellent soils has started to draw comparison with some of Bordeaux’s best, with some exceptional wines emerging from the area.

The consistently strong run of top wine awards achieved at Journey’s End are testament to its status as a force amongst South Africa’s finest wines.
Journeys End Wine Range

At Journey’s End they produce 4 varietal wines – each with their own complex character, each unique yet true to the terroir. Minimum interference with fruit is the centre of our winemaking philosophy. Only the very best French oak is used to add complexity and elegance to these wines. Shortly they will be increasing the range through new plantings of Viognier, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc – an exciting step forward. They have recently released two new Super Premium wines to highlight the pinnacle of  winemaking – Journey’s End ‘Destination Chardonnay’ and ‘The Cape Doctor Shiraz’.

Journeys End Event November tasting at Hotel Du Vin More HERE

Articles extracts on Journey’s End

Wines of the month
— Decanter, August 2009
JOURNEY’S END, DESTINATION CHARDONNAY, STELLENBOSCH 2006 ***
“This is the top Chardonnay from this cool – climate estate. It’s seamless, with a tight nutty, mineral nose, showing lemon nuances. It opens up on the palate, with finely knitted oak supporting the lush, melon and citrus fruit. Drink now.”

Just the beginning for Journey’s End — Hapers Wine & Spirit, 10 July 2009
“Boutique Stellenbosch winery Journey’s End recently launched two new wines at the top end of its portfolio- Destination Chardonnay 2006 and The Cape Doctor Shiraz 2005. The Chardonnay is a serious and substantial wine, creamy with some pineapple and nectarine character as well. The top –end Shiraz, named after the dry wind that cools the region, is rich and finely grained, with slightly gamey aromas and some tobacco and spice…”

WINE WORTH THE JOURNEY
– Esquire, July 2009

“ The Gabb family having originally planned this vinous venture around the family table in Shropshire. Its aim was to produce premium single- vineyard wines that would be true to the Schaapenberg terroir with its sea- facing slopes and cooling coastal breezes. Conditions could hardly be more favourable. As Rollo puts it “We’ve only got ourselves to blame if the wines bollocks”. No blame is necessary, because the wine is great.

Production at Journey’s End is small. The estate produces 130 barrels per year from 67000 vines, which works out as slightly less than one bottle per vine. It’s an evident source of pride that none of the grapes are brought in, as happens with the larger vineyards. [READ MORE ]

Journeys End Awards:

2009 Drinks Business Wine Innovation Awards
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – Silver
2005 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End The Cape Doctor Shiraz – commended

2009 Michelangelo Awards
2008 Journey’s End Haystack Chardonnay – Silver

2009 International Wine Challenge
2006 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Bronze
2007 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Bronze
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End The Cape Doctor Shiraz – Silver
2006 Journey’s End Merlot – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End Shiraz – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze

2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
2005 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze

2009 Decanter International Wine Challenge
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End The Cape Doctor Shiraz – Bronze
2006 Journey’s End Merlot – Bronze
2005 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze

Chardonnay Du Monde International Chardonnay Challenge 2009
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – Silver

2009 John Platters Wine Guide
2006 Journey’s End Chardonnay 2006 – 4 ½ Stars
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – 4 ½ Stars
2005 Journey’s End Merlot – 4 Stars
2005 Journey’s End The Cape Doctor Shiraz – 4 Stars

2008 Veritas Wine Awards
2006 Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay – Bronze medal
2005 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze medal
2005 Journey’s End Merlot – Silver Medal

2008 South African Young Wine Challenge
2008 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Silver medal
2008 Journey’s End Merlot – Silver medal
2008 Journey’s End Shiraz – Silver medal

2008 Swiss International Wine Challenge
2006 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Silver medal
2005 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Silver medal
2005 Journey’s End Merlot – Silver medal

2008 Decanter Wine World Awards
2007 Journey’s End Chardonnay – Bronze medal
2005 Journey’s End Merlot – Bronze medal
2005 Journey’s End Shiraz – Bronze medal
Journeys End Website: To read more on Journeys End visit their website HERE
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Importer Clive Dickinson of Classic Wine, Chef Jamie Yardely of The Boyne Arms, Burwarton, Rollo Gabb of Journey's End Wines

Importer Clive Dickinson of Classic Wine, Chef Jamie Yardely of The Boyne Arms, Burwarton, Rollo Gabb of Journey's End Wines


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