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Journey’s End, the boutique winery and vineyard, owned by the Gabb family, and situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village in the Helderberg basin, have released their rebranded top-tier Precision Series range of wines to high acclaim.


The Precision range of very small production wines, which sits at the tip of the pyramid at Journey’s End, consists of three super premium wines – Destination Chardonnay, Cape Doctor Bordeaux-Varietals Red Blend and The Griffin Syrah. All three Precision Series wines recently received outstanding scores in Decanter magazine, one of the world’s most influential wine publications read in over 90 countries, and home to the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. At the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards in September Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2015 was awarded a mighty 97 points and a Platinum Medal – the highest scoring red wine from South Africa. In addition, Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2018 and The Griffin Syrah 2016 were both honoured with 91 points in Decanter. The Destination Chardonnay 2018 also received a Gold Medal at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

“We are extremely pleased to have the calibre of our three Precision Series wines, as well as a number of our other wines, endorsed by the internationally acclaimed Decanter magazine and the Michelangelo International Awards. Made from tiny parcels of excellent fruit selected from single vineyard blocks on the slopes of the famous Schapenberg Hills overlooking False Bay, our Precision Series range represents the very pinnacle of Journey’s End winemaking. These accolades are a testament to our unique terroir and the skill and dedication of our teams in the vineyards and in the cellar”, says managing director, Rollo Gabb.


Rollo Gabb continues, “The Journey’s End range of wines is split into three tiers, each with their own character. We recently decided to revamp all three wine series – Tales Series, V Series and Precision Series – with creative new packaging to give clearer differentiation between the three tiers and to better reflect the character of Journey’s End, our team and our wines – we’re always pushing boundaries, being forward-thinking, innovative and somewhat quirky. Our new look Tales and V Series wines have already been released and we are delighted to present our new vintage Precision Series wines in their striking new packaging.”



The Name: “Loved by all, this Chardonnay is a ‘Destination’ Chardonnay. Just like a ‘Destination’ Restaurant or ‘Destination’ holiday spot, it will be well worth your while to visit us at Journey’s End. We aim to deliver the ultimate Chardonnay, enticing people from far and wide and rewarding them with this discovery. This wine pays homage to the great Chardonnays from Meursault, but with a Journey’s End twist. This wine is a remarkable feat from our winemakers, Leon Esterhuizen and Mike Dawson,” says Rollo Gabb.

In The Vineyard: The grapes were handpicked from block 16A (eight-year-old vines), a pocket of excellent quality Chardonnay vines identified by vineyard drone footage. Fertile soils create large canopies of foliage allowing for the grapes lengthy hangtime. Alternative sides of the trellis were picked almost two weeks apart, the morning sun side contributing towards the wines citrus and mineral notes and the afternoon sun side imparting ripe stone fruit characters.

In The Cellar: After being picked early in the morning, grapes were sorted before being whole bunch pressed. Only free run juice was used and was fermented naturally in a combination of 300L and 228L French oak barrels. 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, fined and bottled. The Destination Chardonnay is fined with bentonite which means this wine is vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes: The Destination is the pinnacle of white winemaking at Journey’s End. It is rich and full on entry and throughout. The nose exhibits concentrated apricot and ripe peach with layers of lime zest and orange. The fruit component is complemented by well-balanced almond and vanilla spice from generous oak aging. Minerality ensures freshness and adds linearity to a long-lasting creamy finish. The Destination Chardonnay will reward patient cellaring for up to ten years post bottling.

Limited Production: Only 20 barrels produced.

Accolades: 91 Points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards in September, and a Gold Medal at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

Purchase: The Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2018 is available for purchase at Journey’s End Vineyards cellar door, online at for R280 and nationally at select fine wine merchants as well as at leading restaurants.


The Name: This wine 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

In The Vineyard: The grapes come from five adjacent blocks on the farm stretching between 180m and 215m above sea level in close proximity (8km) to the ocean. The grapes are uniquely influenced by the nearby Eucalyptus forest which also serves as a wind break against the powerful Cape Doctor wind.

In The Cellar: The grapes from each block were picked and treated separately utilising stainless-steel tanks as well as 5000L truncated open top casks. Each varietal underwent 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 varietals in second-fill French oak. The Cape Doctor is unfined and unfiltered where the process of extended barrel maturation manages to fine the components naturally.

Tasting Notes: This wine exhibits fruits on the darker side of the spectrum with cassis and rich fruitcake on the nose accompanied by cinnamon spice and dark chocolate from generous oak aging. Concentrated blackberries are complemented by a creamy texture, with soft elegant tannins delivering a beautiful long-lasting finish. Despite the current appeal, there is enough underlying power for a long future ahead. Drink now or up until 2030.

Limited Production: Only 15 barrels produced.

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

Purchase: The Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2015 is available for purchase at Journey’s End Vineyards cellar door, online at for R280 and nationally at select fine wine merchants as well as at leading restaurants.


The Name: The ‘griffin’ is a mythical creature (half eagle and half lion) known to protect very precious things. The griffin is a part of the Gabb’s Welsh heritage and can be found on the Gabb family crest. A pair of griffins guard the entrance to the Gabb family’s cellar at Journeys End.

The Blend: 100% Syrah

In The Vineyard: The grapes were handpicked from block 13 (21-year-old vineyard), nestled 180m above sea level behind a row of pine trees which serve as a wind break. The block was picked very slowly and carefully from midday into the afternoon to ensure warmer grape temperatures upon intake. All leaves and excess stems are removed from the bunch before being processed.

In The Cellar: The Griffin is a unique product in the Journey’s End range of wines, as it is the only wine that undergoes carbonic maceration, a way of fermenting red wine that differs from the standard. Carbonic maceration is a process that affects the style of red wine, producing an irresistibly juicy fruit-forward wine with freshness, bright acidity and soft smooth tannins. Unlike standard fermentation, where the grapes are crushed, whole bunches of grapes are left in the sun until late afternoon to heat up and then placed in stainless steel tanks which are filled with CO² to remove all oxygen present and then sealed. The tank is then left for ten days without opening to undergo a carbonic fermentation. The oxygen-starved fruit releases naturally present enzymes, breaking down berry cell walls and releasing juice in a very natural and soft fashion. Essentially, during carbonic maceration, the whole berries begin to ferment from the inside with the help of natural enzymes and yeasts indigenous to the

vineyards. They use the available CO² to break down sugars which produce alcohol, along with a range of compounds that affect the wine’s final flavour. Carbonic maceration incorporates constant but very gentle skin contact with no pump-overs to ensure a sufficient amount of CO² and to prevent the incorporation of oxygen. After fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and aged for 16 months – 20% in new American oak, 20% in new French oak and 60% in a combination of second- and third-fill French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: A youthful yet complex wine, the warm and seductive nose displays luscious red and black berry fruit and violets edged in vanilla, plus pepper spice and an earthy character. Rich and succulent, powerful black fruit flavours are supported by silky polished tannins which provide structure and deliver an elegant lingering finish. The use of American oak adds subtle caramel notes as well as palate weight and mouthfeel. Drink now or up until 2026.

Limited Production: Only 19 barrels produced.

Accolades: 91 Points in Decanter magazine in August 2020.

Purchase: The Journey’s End The Griffin 2016 is available for purchase at Journey’s End Vineyards cellar door, online at for R280 and nationally at select fine wine merchants as well as at leading restaurants.

Journey’s End Vineyards, Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West 7130

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