Journey’s End, the boutique winery and vineyard, owned by the Gabb family, and situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village in the Helderberg basin, have released their rebranded top-tier Precision Series range of wines to high acclaim.

The Precision range of very small production wines, which sits at the tip of the pyramid at Journey’s End, consists of three super-premium wines – Destination Chardonnay, Cape Doctor Bordeaux-Varietals Red Blend and The Griffin Syrah. All three Precision Series wines recently received outstanding scores in Decanter magazine, one of the world’s most influential wine publications read in over 90 countries, and home to the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. At the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards in September Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2015 was awarded a mighty 97 points and a Platinum Medal – the highest scoring red wine from South Africa. In addition, Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2018 and The Griffin Syrah 2016 were both honoured with 91 points in Decanter. The Destination Chardonnay 2018 also received a Gold Medal at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

“Loved by all, this Chardonnay is a ‘Destination’ Chardonnay. Just like a ‘Destination’ Restaurant or ‘Destination’ holiday spot, it will be well worth your while to visit us at Journey’s End. We aim to deliver the ultimate Chardonnay, enticing people from far and wide and rewarding them with this discovery. This wine pays homage to the great Chardonnays from Meursault, but with a Journey’s End twist.

The Destination is the pinnacle of white winemaking at Journey’s End. It is 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 complemented 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 Chardonnay will reward patient cellaring for up to ten years post-bottling.

This wine is named after the ‘Cape Doctor’, the cooling and cleansing south-easterly wind that blows through the vineyards from False Bay, bringing many benefits to the vineyards.

This wine exhibits fruits on the darker side of the spectrum with cassis and rich fruitcake on the nose accompanied by cinnamon spice and dark chocolate from generous oak ageing. Concentrated blackberries are complemented by a creamy texture, with soft elegant tannins delivering a beautiful long-lasting finish. Despite the current appeal, there is enough underlying power for a long future ahead.

The ‘griffin’ is a mythical creature (half eagle and half lion) known to protect very precious things. The griffin is a part of the Gabb’s Welsh heritage and can be found on the Gabb family crest. A pair of griffins guard the entrance to the Gabb family’s cellar at Journeys End.

A youthful yet complex wine, the warm and seductive nose displays luscious red and blackberry fruit and violets edged in vanilla, plus pepper spice and an earthy character. Rich and succulent, powerful black fruit flavours are supported by silky polished tannins which provide structure and deliver an elegant lingering finish. The use of American oak adds subtle caramel notes as well as palate weight and mouthfeel.


For many years, Journey’s End have placed a big focus on supporting the winery’s local community, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. As well as providing employment at the winery, the team has worked closely with community heads to channel resources into a number of development programmes which include running soup kitchens, pensioners lunches, building the school a new hall, funding a creche and a campaign to eradicate bullying in the township schools.

Journey’s End’s latest and most extensive community project is the establishment of the Journey’s End Foundation, an NGO focussed on tackling hunger and extreme poverty in the Helderberg region which has increased dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Journey’s End Foundation has set up a network of nine soup kitchens and has committed funds to provide over 400,000 meals over the coming 12 months.

We at Food Travel Wine have set up a Back a Buddy campaign in order to assist the Soup kitchens over this busy season. If you can help in any way, please visit our page here.