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Among the long rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch winelands, caressed by cool coastal breezes, lies our boutique winery and vineyard. Here we produce premium, award-winning wines for the enlightened drinker.
NEW YEAR

So that's it, Januarys over. Farewell January, with your unkempt resolutions and alcohol abstinence - until next year! If you managed to stick to your well-intentioned plans, well done. If you didn't, also well done. We're not here to judge. What we are here to do is offer you award winning wine with which to welcome February. 2017 actually starts here!

In 2016 we picked up several coveted awards. Both our reds and whites tickled the fancy of those dishing out the top gongs. The Journey’s End Single Vineyard Shiraz 2011, Huntsman 2014, Pastor's 2014 and Cape Doctor 2009 all received a double gold in the ‘Top 100 SA Wines’ awards.

Then there's the Destination Chardonnay, the pinnacle of our white wine making. Only produced during exceptional vintages, this wine has a spread of rich fruit given texture from generous oaking and it enticed judges with its harmony of flavours. So much so they deemed it worthy also of double gold in the Top SA 100 Wines and a Michelangelo platinum award. Highlighting all the good work that we are doing for the environment, it also received a trophy for the best IPW White Wine award in the Green Wine awards, an achievement of which we are immensely proud.

So treat yourself this February (and beyond) and stock up with some award-winning wine by clicking here.

THE GRAPE ESCAPE

January is always a difficult month. Temperatures can rise above 32 degrees centigrade and harsh picking conditions are met with minimal rainfall, which makes for a challenging time. This year the Western Cape was hit by an outbreak of bush fires that wreaked havoc amongst the vineyards. 60 separate fires were reported to have started in the Western Cape in one week alone. 

The fires raged up to our border fence and we lost a small patch from our Shiraz block before the fire was contained. We were lucky. Some of our neighbouring farms were not. Morgenster, Vergelegen and Waterkloof were all greatly affected losing a large chunk of their vines.

Our thanks and thoughts go out to everyone who was effected by the fires and who offered support to those in need.

GOING GREEN

Bio-diversity is hugely important to us. We have been implementing a strategic programme with the aim to become Fairtrade certified. In September we de-forested 2 hectares of Blue gum trees and left the field fallow. Our goal is to re-introduce indigenous plant species and wildlife back into its natural terroir. Our cellar is solar powered.

We plant cover crop, such as wheat and lupines, amongst the vineyard rows to keep the top soils in place. These plants are a nitrogen filler and are fundamental to our grape growing process. They also attract aphids and flies that would be normally drawn to the vines. Finally, a series of catchment dams mean that we can pool rain water for irrigation purposes - effectively dry farming. This means we can save up to 12,000 gallons of water per hectare and the grapes produced have their full fruit characteristics preserved and colours enhanced. From April the 1st will see the introduction of Bees and Ladybirds into our vineyards. With the Bees to be housed in their very own Journey's End Beehives... We will have more on that in our next newsletter! Ethical and sustainable wine production is core to what we do. 

 
TOKYO GIRL

In February we will be joined by Yoshiko Takahashi, as assistant winemaker. Yoshi is part of the highly accredited ‘Women in Wine’ programme established by PIWOSA (Premium Indiendent Wineries Of South Africa) and kindly promoted by Jancis Robinson.

Along with help during vintage we will also be giving Yoshi the opportunity to produce 1000 bottles of her own wine. We look forward to welcoming Yoshi this month and embracing her ardour for wine. 

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