Journeys End ‘Haystack’ Chardonnay 2017


We undergo a number of organic and Bio-dynamic practices on the farm. Aside from being the second wine farm in SA to be solar powered, we undertake some age old practices such as the planting of crops between vineyard rows (to prevent weeds and therefore reduce the need for spraying), the introduction of Barn and Eagle owls (to control rodents), all play their part in ensuring nature and the environment are preserved and protected.

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W.O. Coastal Region

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were handpicked between 22 to 24° balling, early in the morning so that low temperatures ensured minimal oxidation and preventative action against spontaneous fermentations. After the grapes were hand sorted and destemmed, they were lightly pressed. The juice was left to settle for 72hours enzymatically before it was pumped into stainless steel tanks. Different yeasts were used to enhance the flavour profile of the wine. Fermentation took about 18 days at 16 –22 ̊C . After fermentation a third of the wine was oak matured in 300L older French oak barrels, a third in stainless steel tanks with staves and a third in stainless steel tanks with no wood contact. After oak maturation for 6 months, the three components were blended together, fined and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Clear and bright straw coloured with a hint of green. Oak and fruit are perfectly matched, with citruspeel, lime and melon flavours on the palate. The balance between creaminess and freshness makes for a food-friendly wine, ideal with sushi, creamy dishes and seafood. Drink now and up until 2020.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.6%
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.50
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/L


Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Tukulu and Oakleaf
Clones CY3, CY18
Rootstock Richter 110
Planting date 1997 – 1998
HA planted 2.52ha
Average tonnage 7 tons/ha
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Harvest dates February 2016


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