Journey's End The Pastors Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017  £11.01

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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 early in the morning and stored in the cold room overnight. They were hand sorted and destemmed before being pumped into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes underwent a 72-hour cold soak before the temperature was lifted to stimulate fermentation and the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc juice was separately inoculated. A one week extended maceration ensured suitable extraction of tannins giving the wine structure. All cultivars were matured separately and then subjected to a 12 month barrelling period (second and third fill French oak barrels) before being blended, fined and bottled.

This old World style red blend displays rich dark red fruit aromas including blackcurrant, blueberry and ripe cherry as well as violet floral tones. These aromas follow through onto the palate and are accompanied by sweet tobacco and Christmas cake characters from oak ageing. This wine has a well-integrated tannic structure showing elegance and lengthy finish.

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