Journeys End ‘Haystack’ Chardonnay 2018


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

Grapes were handpicked early morning and come from 4 different blocks. Grapes were picked on 22 to 24°B. After grapes were hand sorted and destemmed it was only lightly pressed to ensure good quality juice for fermentation. Juice settled for 72 hours with a settling enzyme before it was racked. Different yeasts were used to enhance the flavour profile of the wine. Fermentation took about 18 days at 16 – 22 ˚C. After fermentation a 3rd of the volume were oak matured in 300 L second fill French oak barrels, 3rd for 6 months on staves and a 3rd were left un-wooded. After oak maturation 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, each donating without dominating: citrus peel and melon enriched by a subtle, savoury biscuit overlay. The limy acidity seamed through the fruit flavours gives food-friendly freshness and promises a few years’ ageing potential.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 3.8 g/L
pH: 3.55
Residual Sugar: 3.1 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 5 tons/ha
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Harvest dates 18 – 28 February 2018


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