Journeys End Cape Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


The Cape Doctor is the local name for the strong South-eastern wind that blows from false bay and funnels through to Cape Town and Blouberg. The Cape Doctor works his magic blowing away smog and impurities to clear the skies and make way for some fresh sea air. The Cape Doctor is so often cited as a negative factor and can play havoc with the vines at flowering.  For Journey’s End it brings benefits through the resulting long ripening period of the grapes which produces concentrated berries with fantastic firm acidity. It also minimises the risk of any fungal diseases on the vines. Try spawning in a 65KMpH wind!

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W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

The Cabernet Sauvignon block is a very low yielding block at only 4 tons/ha but consistently produces concentrated, high quality grapes. The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and stored overnight in our cold room. The next morning the grapes were hand sorted and de-stemmed but not crushed. The whole berries were cold soaked for 48 – 72 hours prior to being inoculated. Fermentation took about 15 days at 24 – 28 ˚ C with a carefully planned pump over schedule in closed fermentation tanks. The wine was thereafter left on the skins for a further two weeks before
being pressed. Only free run juice was used and malolactic fermentation took place in 75% new French oak barrels. This wine was oak matured for 18 months before the wine was filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a deep fruitcake richness on the nose complimented by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Layered dark berries, cassis and plum are displayed on the palate. Rich and creamy in texture with soft elegant tannins. Despite the current appeal, there is enough underlying power for a long future ahead. Drink now or up until 2027.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.5
Residual Sugar: 3.0 g/L


Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Tukulu, decomposed granite
Clones CS163, CS46C, CS15,169
Rootstock 101-14
Planting date 1999
HA planted 5.84 ha
Average tonnage 4 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Harvest dates March 2014
Total Production 12 barrels


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