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Journeys End Vineyards Chardonnay 2009

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Located in Stellenbosch, with vineyards adjacent to Vergelegen and Morgenster, Journey's End is right at the heart of one of the cape's most exciting terroirs. Bought and replanted by the Gabb family in 1996, the last ten years have seen the estate grow into one of the most talked about in the region. The wines have won accolades and medals at wine competitions around the world ever since the maiden vintages of the Cabernet and Chardonnay achieved 4 and 5 star ratings from the prestigious John Platter Guide in 2004. The philosophy in both the vineyards and cellar follows a minimum intervention approach to ensure the quality of the fruit shines through. This Chardonnay appears clean and bright with a straw gold colour. There is upfront pineapple, citrus and sweet wood flavours on the nose. The ripeness of the fruit fleshes out the palate; the creamy biscuit follow through. Well balanced fruit with a solid alcohol on the palate. A definite wood character emerges but complements the wine well. Best enjoyed with cheese, pastas and seafood.

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Journeys End Vineyards:
Journeys End Vineyards are located in South Australia, an internationally renowned region noted for producing ‘sunshine in a glass’ - wines with superb, ripe fruit flavours that the world has fallen in love with. Whilst Journeys End Vineyards has a traditional Australian spread of wine styles, the wines do not come from the same vineyard site. There are of course good reasons for this, and they... Read more
Journeys End Vineyards are located in South Australia, an internationally renowned region noted for producing ‘sunshine in a glass’ - wines with superb, ripe fruit flavours that the world has fallen in love with. Whilst Journeys End Vineyards has a traditional Australian spread of wine styles, the wines do not come from the same vineyard site. There are of course good reasons for this, and they form the basis of Journeys End’s winemaking philosophy. Traditionally many of Australia’s vineyards were planted out to multiple grape varieties, which was partly done for practical reasons: winemakers were required to create a range of wine styles to cater for a broad customer base. Not everyone likes Chardonnay, and if you like it today you may not like it in the future. Another reason for planting a spread of grape varieties was because viticultural districts were relatively new and there was insufficient experience to know which grape varieties would produce the best wines from any area. As the Australian wine industry matured and newer plantings were made around many new sites in every State, it became apparent that some locations were better suited to specific grape varieties, due to the terroir – which was unique to their particular vineyard. Read less

Member Reviews for Journeys End Vineyards Chardonnay

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Snooth User: cmajor
53690064
4.50 5
09/16/2010

Smooth, oaky and long finish


Snooth User: cmajor
53690064
4.50 5
09/16/2010

Four and a half glasses



Located in Stellenbosch, with vineyards adjacent to Vergelegen and Morgenster, Journey's End is right at the heart of one of the cape's most exciting terroirs. Bought and replanted by the Gabb family in 1996, the last ten years have seen the estate grow into one of the most talked about in the region. The wines have won accolades and medals at wine competitions around the world ever since the maiden vintages of the Cabernet and Chardonnay achieved 4 and 5 star ratings from the prestigious John Platter Guide in 2004. The philosophy in both the vineyards and cellar follows a minimum intervention approach to ensure the quality of the fruit shines through. This Chardonnay appears clean and bright with a straw gold colour. There is upfront pineapple, citrus and sweet wood flavours on the nose. The ripeness of the fruit fleshes out the palate; the creamy biscuit follow through. Well balanced fruit with a solid alcohol on the palate. A definite wood character emerges but complements the wine well. Best enjoyed with cheese, pastas and seafood.

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