Journey's End Destination Chardonnay 2020

Journey's End Destination Chardonnay 2020

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Grapes for the Journey's End Destination Chardonnay 2020 were handpicked from block 16A, 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. 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 300-litre and 228-litre French oak barrels. The Destination was naturally fermented, and the wine underwent 10% malolactic fermentation. The wine was left on the fine lees and stirred frequently for a period of 10 months before being blended in a stainless steel tank, fined and bottled. The wine was fined with bentonite which means the wine is vegan friendly. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Beautiful rich fruit character welcomes you, with notes of pear, ripe peach and apricot. Hints of buttered toast and fresh brioche buns with just a whiff of nuttiness.

Palate: Bright fruit on entry, following through from the nose with notes of ripe peach and apricot. Lovely creamy mouthfeel with notes of baking spices on the mid-palate.

Finish: Elegant acidity, helps keep the wine focused, with notes of citrus peel and lemon preserve. A lovely long finish with lingering notes of toasted pine nuts and freshly baked croissants.

Journey's End, a boutique winery and vineyard on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West in the Helderberg basin is owned by the Gabb Family, originally from Shropshire in the UK. The Gabb family took control of the wine farm, surrounded by 20ha of vineyards, in 1995. By 2011 they had grown the estate to 120ha.