Winemaker: Leon Esterhuizen

Minimal Interference Winemaking

This particular event was our first wine tasting evening where the winemaker wasn’t present, but at Mountain Manor, nothing will stop us from enjoying our monthly wine tasting evenings.

National Sales Manager Janine Lategan guided us through the wines of Journey’s End, which is situated on the south-facing slopes of the Schapenberg Hills, between Somerset West and the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

The farm produces a broad variety of wines, the three flagship wines (known as the “Precision” range) being the “Destination” Chardonnay, “The Griffin” Syrah, and the “Cape Doctor” Cabernet Sauvignon. Singling these out as flagship wines actually distracts from the quality of their whole output, especially the “Pastor’s Blend” – a Bordeaux-style mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s a wonderfully complex blend of rich, dark red fruit, sweet tobacco and Christmas cake flavours! A wine of which they are rightfully proud!

Journey’s End is very proud of their low-intervention farming. Their location always has a wind blowing one way or the other across the vines, keeping the acidity high, and more importantly, blowing away fungal diseases, meaning no herbicides need to be sprayed onto the vines. They continue to engage in new and exciting sustainable farming practices, and are committed to several upliftment projects in their local community of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village.

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