Journeys End, The Cape Doctor (Red) 2016 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot | Cabernet Franc | Malbec
Vegan: No
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Availability:10 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm (Mon to Thu only)
No further stock available
Product Code: SAST0100B16S
Your price: £22.05

The 2015 vintage was awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).

For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.

The 2015 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their April 2020 edition expert tasting of Global Bordeaux blends (see blue link below).

Journeys End The Cape Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - April 2020 Decanter review

Among the long rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch winelands, caressed by cool coastal breezes, lies the boutique winery and vineyard, Journey’s End. With only a handful of premium, hand-crafted wines produced here, the focus is very much on quality. In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from Shropshire, UK) took control of this picturesque wine farm surrounded by 20 ha of gorgeous vineyards. They have invested heavily in both the vineyards and the winery – with the estate growing to 120 ha by July 2011. The Gabbs are entirely committed to being environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Those behind Journey’s End have a keen eye on the sustainable and ethical production of their premium wine. There is a tangible and deep respect for the environment, clearly apparent in farming practices that are integrated as closely to nature as is possible. Journey’s End converted to solar power in 2014. The farm became fully Fairtrade certified from April 2017.

This wine, the Cape Doctor, is only produced in the most exceptional years.

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 Doctor works his magic by blowing away smog and impurities, clearing the skies and making way for some fresh sea air.

Because it can play havoc with the vines at flowering, it is often cited as a negative factor for winemakers.  At Journey’s End, though, it has a beneficial effect of long ripening periods for the grapes, which produces concentrated berries with fantastically firm acidity. It also minimises the risk of any fungal diseases on the vines.

41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot  (NB: this is a marked shift from the 2014, which was 100% Cab Sauv).

To see an excellent information/tech sheet, produced by the team at Journey's End, please click on the blue link below.

Journeys End, The Cape Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - fiche technique

Deep fruitcake richness on the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, followed by a perfectly balanced, silky smooth, streamlined body. Misleadingly accessible, despite the current appeal, there is enough underlying power for a long future ahead.