Journeys End Destination Chardonnay 2017


A truly remarkable feat from Winemaker Leon Esterhuizen. Loved by all, and feared by many. The Chardonnay is known as ‘The Destination’ because we hope that once opened, this wine will entice people from far and wide to finish their quest for the ultimate Chardonnay, at Journey’s End. Our little appreciation to the great wines from Meursault and Sonoma, with a Journey’s End twist. I dare you to try it.

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W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were handpicked from alternating sides of the trellis in two different stages. Morning sun grapes are picked almost two weeks prior to afternoon sun grapes exhibiting rich developed stone fruit and fresh zesty lime respectively. The grapes were then sorted by hand before being destemmed, crushed and lightly pressed ensuring high quality free run juice. The juice was enzymatically settled at cool temperatures for 72 hours before being removed from the sediment and fermented in 300L barrels. Fermentation lasted 20 days at temperatures ranging between 18 and 23°C. 80% of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation. Battonage was done weekly to add enriched mouthfeel and complexity. The wine was left to mature for 12 months in 70% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

The Destination is the pinnacle of white winemaking at Journey’s End. Rich and full on entry and throughout. The nose exhibits concentrated apricot and ripe peach with layers of lime zest and orange. The fruit component is complimented by well-balanced almond and vanilla spice from generous oak aging. Minerality ensures freshness and adds linearity to a long lasting creamy finish. The Destination will reward patient cellaring for up to 10 years post bottling.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.47
Residual Sugar: 4.52 g/L


Climate Stellenbosch
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Decomposed granite
Clones CY3, CY18
Rootstock Richter 110
Planting date 1997
HA planted 2.52ha
Average tonnage 5 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Harvest dates February 2017
Total Production 20 barrels


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