Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Destination Chardonnay

2021 Gold Medal

Journey`s End Vineyard

Journey`s End Vineyard Destination Chardonnay
Dry Chardonnay (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) () Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2021 and older


Grapes were handpicked from a 2.5 ha single vineyard block during the early hours of the morning to ensure cool grape temperatures upon intake. Average yield was 6 tons/ha. Although all grapes were harvested between 23 and 23.5°B, the block was picked in two stages due to alternative sides of the trellis being exposed to morning and afternoon sunshine respectively. Morning sun grapes were harvested slightly earlier and contribute riper fruit while afternoon sunshine grapes add citrus flavours and enhanced freshness to the eventual product. The grapes were then sorted by hand before being destemmed, crushed and lightly pressed to ensure a very high quality free run juice. The juice was then settled at cool temperatures for 72 hours before being removed from the sediment and naturally fermented in barrels. Fermentation lasted 20 days at temperatures ranging between 18 and 23°C. After fermentation, 80% of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation. Battonage was practiced to add enriched mouthfeel and complexity to the wine which was left to mature for 10 months in 70% new French oak barrels. Sulphur was added during various stages of the winemaking process for preservation.

Butter curry, any fresh fish and creamy stinky cheeses like blue cheese.