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Journey's End Shiraz 2014 £14.95
JOURNEY'S END SHIRAZ
In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from Shropshire, UK) took control of this picturesque wine farm surrounded by 20 ha of gorgeous vineyards. They have invested heavily in both the vineyards and the winery since then – with the estate growing to 120ha by July 2011.
The initial Journey’s End investment was made by Roger Gabb, who, at that time, was Founder and Managing Director of Western Wines. Following the sale of Western Wines to Constellation brands in 2006, the family turned their focus to their estate, Journey’s End. Upon taking the helm in 2007, Roger’s son Rollo has since invested further into the estate through vineyard purchases and infrastructure.
The grapes were handpicked from two different blocks at 25 balling and stored overnight in the cold room. The next morning, they were hand-sorted and destemmed before being pumped into the fermentation tank. The whole berries were cold-soaked for 5 days before yeast inoculation. The fermentation took about 20 days between 20 ‒ 25̊C with a carefully planned pump over schedule to ensure soft tannins. Only free-run juice was used and malolactic fermentation was done in barrels. The wine was matured for 16 months in 10% new American oak barrels and 20% new French oak barrels. After final blending, the wine was only filtered before bottling.
Dark ruby in colour. This vintage has beautifully concentrated fruit flavours showing a mix of redcurrant, blueberry, violets and white pepper. A full-bodied wine, with finely structured tannins complimenting an elegant, soft finish. Ready to drink now and can age until 2026.
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