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Journeys End Vineyards' winemaking philosophy means that the portfolio is subject to change from vintage to vintage. In an average year where fruit of sufficient quality is unprocurable, certain wines will not be made. This philosophy ensures that the wines from Journeys End Vineyards consistently represent excellent value for money, over-delivering on flavour and varietal character.

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Three Brothers Shiraz


2012 Three Brothers Reunited Shiraz

Region: South Eastern Australia

We believe this wine will evolve to be the best Three Brothers Shiraz produced to date and testimony to Ben Riggs' ability to produce great shiraz at any price point. Fruit was predominately sourced from McLaren with some additional components sourced from other regions of South Australia to add complexity.

Fruit was predominately sourced from McLaren Vale with some additional components sourced from other regions of South Australia to add complexity.
Shiraz was one of standout varietals of the 2012 South Australian vintage delivering grapes with amazing fruit intensity. The only downside was lower than expected yields but the outstanding quality of fruit more than compensated. Fruit was able to be picked at optimal levels of physiological ripeness resulting in wines with great depth of colour possessing rich opulent fruit and excellent concentration and natural acidity. NB – No 2011 vintage was produced due to the variable conditions experienced that year.
Colour: Opaque black dark red colour showing excellent depth.
Nose: Fruit driven aromas of dark plum and ripe blackberry along with some liquorice and underlying spicy vanillin oak like characters.
Palate: Consistently delivering outstanding value for money winemaker Ben Riggs and team have produced yet another winner from the 2012 vintage. A generous palate, plump texture and great depth of flavour are all hallmarks of this perennial value red and the 2012 vintage possesses these qualities in abundance. Now firmly entrenched as one of the countries best value for money reds the 2012 Three Brothers Reunited Shiraz displays mouthfilling flavours of dark plum, blackberry and liquorice with a spicy vanillin oak back palate and soft well rounded tannins. Eminently drinkable it will also reward 4-5 years cellaring.
Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Bottled with Stelvin Seal.
Packed in 12 x 750ml Cartons

Reviews of past vintages...
”This is just one of several extraordinary-value-for-money wines to come out of the excellent 2010 South Australian harvest. It’s hard to believe the price when you taste the depth and richness here. Fruitcake, chocolate, dark fruits and earth, with just a hint of jamminess. Some spices as well. Rich palate with good density and ripe tannins providing excellent structure. Full-bodied, with a long carry. A wholly amazing bottle of red wine, it’s made by highly experienced McLaren Vale winemaker Ben Riggs. Now to seven years. 14.5 per cent alcohol.”
Food: Most red-meat dishes, especially grilled lamb loin chops, rare rump steak and roasted fillet, right through to long, slow, braised dishes such as boeuf en daube"
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92 points. - Huon Hooke - Sydney Morning Herald Good Living

2008 vintage:The Three Brothers Reunited Shiraz was originally created as an export label. When a small parcel was released for the domestic market, the demand proved overwhelming. Victorian wine writer, Paddy Kendlar comments: "...A handy McLaren Vale featuring various red and black berry fruit aromas and flavours with hints of sweet spice. The '08 may lack some of the weight and richness of the previous vintage, but it's still a well-balanced wine that will drink better with breathing. Made by the very caable and prolific Ben Riggs for Journeys End Vineyards - a good value bet."
4 Stars. Paddy Kendler's Drink - Herald Sun 25th August, 2009.

"Journeys End sources South Australian Shiraz for a generously flavoured range of wines. The Three Brothers Reunited, at the budget end, has real presence. Ripe raspberry and blackberry with sweet spice and an earthy touch give it honest appeal and the medium-to-full palate has good texture and length of flavour. (14.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap.) Ageing? Drink over 4 years.
Food ideas Barbecue meats; lamb shawarma".
4 Stars   $$$
Ralph Kyte-Powell - The Age Uncorked 12th January 2010.

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2009 The Bobby Dazzler Shiraz
Region: South Australia

The term Bobby Dazzler refers to something “striking or excellent” and was a phrase that was commonly used by gents to describe a ‘good sort’ that was attractive to the eye.

Vintage Conditions: Apart from a two week heatwave in late January/early February conditions were generally considered as being mild. Flavour development in the grapes was slow and even resulting in fruit picked at optimal levels of physiological ripeness. Yields were generally down on average with the overall quality of fruit in 2009 rated as excellent to outstanding.

Opaque black purple colour. The nose shows good intensity with aromas of ripe dark plum, liquorice and blackberries with some toasty vanillin oak and spice notes in the background. Sumptuous and juicy with a full round voluptuous textural mouthfeel the palate has a flavour profile of ripe dark plum, liquorice and blackberries mingling with touches of toasty oak showing excellent depth and persistence. It’s velvet smooth tannins and generous fruit profile make this wine ideal for immediate consumption but it is also capable of a further 2-3 years cellaring. A real Bobby Dazzler fruit bomb! An excellent match with roast pork.
Alc/Vol: 14.5% BOTTLED WITH STELVIN SEAL.
PACKED IN 12 X 750ML CARTONS

Reviews of past vintages...
"McLaren Vale-based winemaker Ben Riggs oversees the production of more than a few high-quality wines. For example. the Penny's Hill range and his own Mr Riggs creations are dependably delectable. But at a top-value price, his Bobby Dazzler lives up to its name. It's a multi-regional blend, an exuberant and joyous expression of shiraz, unabashed and uncomplicated, more a wine for drinkers than thinkers. Worth the search. 5 Stars".
Paddy Kendler's wine bargains under $20. Herald Sun, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.

Reviews for the 2006 release...The label breaks new ground for Australian wine – it’s a hoot, and while the wine itself is warming and generous by nature. Plenty of ripe berry fruit, a silky, supple texture and a satisfying effect. More than just a novelty, a most enjoyable and versatile dry red made by the prolific Mr Ben Riggs, as he likes to be known.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
  - Paddy Kendler – Wine writer, Herald Sun Newspaper.

...This label inspired by old comic strips is hard to ignore and the wine inside matches its exuberance. It’s a super generous mouthful of South Australian red wine at a reasonable price. Blackberry, licorice strap and spicy aromas show some alcoholic warmth. The palate is full bodied, satisfying and mellow. Ageing? Drink over four years.  Food Ideas: Burgers; Big steaks. Four stars $$$   - Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age Epicure

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Journeys End Vineyards The Return Riesling

2012 Journeys End Vineyards Naturist Chardonnay
Region: Adelaide, South Australia

Background: After a hard week at the winery, Maslin Nude Beach in McLaren Vale is where flamboyant winemakers and their naturist friends ‘hang out’. Journeys End Vineyards have taken advantage of the outstanding 2012 growing season to release a full flavoured Chardonnay for those who don’t mind a bit of wood. Aged in barrel on lees for 10 months, 90% of this Chardonnay was matured in neutral older oak as well as a small proportion of new Vicard French oak barriques. An additional 10% of tank fermented juice has a achieved a delicate balance of fruit and complexity.

Vintage Conditions: Heat early in the season gave way to more moderate conditions around McLaren Vale and Adelaide, with warm days and cool nights as the vintage progressed. This favoured excellent fruit quality with high natural acidity.

Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Aromas of peach, honeycomb, cashew, butterscotch and nougat make for an intriguing sniff.
Palate: Full bodied the palate has rich generous flavours which include peach, honeycomb, cashew and butterscotch. Creamy textural qualities are counter pointed by well balanced acidity finishing with a long persistent aftertaste. We think it’s best consumed unclad, as nature intended. Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Ripe peach top notes fill the nostrils followed by some honeycomb, cashew, light butterscotch and nougat. Showing good weight the palate is in the richer fuller bodied style of Chardonnay and will fill out further with bottle age. Mouthfilling flavours of ripe peach, cashew and honeycomb with nuances of butterscotch also present. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish and good acid balance. Long honeyed peach, cashew and butterscotch aftertaste. Alc/Vol: 13.5% Bottled with a Stelvin Seal. Packed in 12 x 750ml Cartons

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Journeys End Vineyards The Return Riesling

2007 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Return Riesling
Region: Watervale, Clare Valley, South Australia

2007 was a drought vintage in the Clare Valley with the dry conditions placing a great deal of stress on the vines. Skilful viticultural management resulted in Rieslings displaying intense aromatics and flavour profiles at the riper end of the spectrum.

TASTING NOTE: Bright pale straw colour with a tinge of green. Nose: Beginning to display some signs of development with aromas of tropical fruit and spice with some toast and citrus nuances in the background. Palate: The palate displays good weight and mouthfeel with flavours of tropical fruit, lime and orange rind with some toast background nuances emerging. Clean crisp acidity provides the wine with excellent balance. Long citrus, lime and orange rind aftertaste. A wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for a further 3-4 years to develop further tertiary characters.
Alc/Vol: 13.5% BOTTLED WITH STELVIN SEAL.
PACKED IN 6 X 750ML CARTONS

Reviews for the 2005 release: "The journey in question was John Macarthur’s odyssey in 1815-16, which took him on a tour of Europe in search of wine lore, knowledge and vine cuttings. On his return he was instrumental in getting Australia going as a wine producer. We should all toast his pioneering work. From a fantastic vintage for Clare-Watervale Riesling, this pale young wine has a minerally, slightly Germanic thread on the nose. The fruit character is reminiscent of lime and spiced apple. The palate has the richly flavoured, smoothly textured qualities of the ’05 Clare vintage, finishing long, dry and meaningful. Serve it with stir-fried prawns and Chinese mustard greens."
Quality: 4.5 glasses     Value: 4 stars    Rating: 92    Cellar: 6+ years
-The 2007 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide’ by wine writers Ralph Kyte-Powell and Huon Hooke

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2009 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS Coonawarra Station Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia
The expansive Coonawarra vineyards are dotted with relics left by many of Australia’s most famous winemaking names, as well as minor buildings which would be ignored in more picturesque surrounds. Amongst these is the old railway station that stands as a symbol of a journey as well as one of the district’s major historical landmarks. However, the monotony of Coonawarra’s landscape belies an inner beauty. Underneath this vast flat is a narrow strip of “Terra Rossa” soil over limestone, ideally suited to Cabernet Sauvignon vines. More notable is the flavour of classic Coonawarra Cabernet. Journeys End, Coonawarra Station Cabernet Sauvignon continues the revival of this great Australian red. Exceptional ripening conditions in 2009 allowed fruit flavour to balance sugar ripeness resulting in full bodied, rich and flavoursome wines exemplary in their balance and finesse.

TASTING NOTE: Opaque black dark red colour. Intense aromas of ripe blackcurrant and dark chocolate blossom from the glass with complexing notes of mint, cedar and tobacco also evident. Excellent weight and richness displaying fully ripened flavours of blackcurrant and dark chocolate mint along with some nuances of cedar and a hint of spice showing, no green or hard edges that can sometimes be evident in cooler Coonawarra vintages. Beautifully balanced with fine grained tannin structure. Excellent depth of flavour with long blackcurrant, dark chocolate, spearmint and spicy cedar aftertaste. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared 4-5 years for further flavour development. A superb match with a traditional roast lamb.
Alc/Vol: 14.5% BOTTLED WITH STELVIN SEAL.
PACKED IN 12 X 750ML CARTONS

Review of the 2008 release... Excellent crimson colour; flooded with black and redcurrant fruit on the bouquet and medium- to full-bodied palate; persistent tannins run through the back-palate and finish providing a platform for cellaring. Attractive label design reminiscent of the famous Woodley Treasure Chest series. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 93 points - James Halliday Drink 2018

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2008 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Embarkment Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

The eighth release of this highly regarded Shiraz. The labyrinth on the front label symbolises a seemingly endless road that reflects life’s unforeseeable twists and turns. Is it a journey upwards toward heaven or down into the earth? Whichever way you experience it, the bottom of the bottle marks the embarkment of a great shiraz journey.

In 2008, a record 15 day heatwave interrupted what was otherwise a perfect vintage in McLaren Vale. Thankfully, cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent colour and flavour development and most of the Shiraz fruit was harvested with high natural acidity. Despite the adversity and challenges, 2008 will be reckoned as one of the region’s best vintages for ripe, opulent Shiraz.
Colour: Opaque black dark red colour.
Nose: Showing excellent intensity the nose features aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate, liquorice and plums with some cedar and spice nuances also present.
Palate: In order to maximise flavour and complexity, winemaker Ben Riggs has used five different clones of Shiraz to produce this wine. The wine was matured in a combination of seasoned French and American oak casks for approximately 12 months.
Big and bursting with rich ripe fruit the opulently textured palate delivers concentrated flavours of dark blackberries, black plums, aniseed and spicy vanillin oak. Whilst drinking very well upon release, this wine is capable of cellaring for another 4-5 years. A good match with most heavier meat dishes. Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Bottled with Stelvin Seal.
Packed in 12 x 750ml Cartons

Reviews from previous vintages... Ripest fruit flavours, bordering overripe, though not reflected in the alcohol; solid black fruits, dark chocolate and ripe tannins. Cork. 14.5% alc. To 2020.
Rating 92 points - James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion

Reviews for the 2004 release: "Powerful but not heavy or extractive; blackberry, bitter chocolate and oak seamlessly welded together, the alcohol relatively restrained. Exceeds expectations and its station in life". Cork. 14.5% alc. To 2018 Rating: 93
- James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition

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Journeys End Vineyards Ascent Shiraz

2008 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Ascent Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

This is second tier of Shiraz produced by Journeys End Vineyards. Eccentric bushman and a pioneer of the Australian Wine Industry Gregory Blaxland is featured on the front label. Wine seemed a novel challenge for the adventurer, who together with Wentworth & Lawson pioneered the fi rst track across Australia’s “impenetrable” Blue Mountains. In March 1822 Blaxland exported Australia’s first wine where his red wine was awarded numerous commendations. Blaxland had demonstrated that with time and care, local wine could become a valuable article. Australia’s gradual ascent towards the heights of the winemaking world had begun.

In 2008, a record 15 day heatwave interrupted what was otherwise a perfect vintage in McLaren Vale. Thankfully, cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent colour and flavour development and most of the Shiraz fruit was harvested with high natural acidity. Despite the adversity and challenges, 2008 will be reckoned as one of the region’s best vintages for ripe opulent Shiraz.

Colour: Opaque black dark red colour.
Nose: Showing good intensity with aromas of dark plum, blackberry and dark chocolate followed by some mocha like notes.
Palate: Full bodied and rich with concentrated dark fruit flavours of dark plum, liquorice and dark chocolate with some vanillin oak nuances and a spicy back palate. Good structure with fine grained yet solidly built tannins finishing with a long aftertaste. A wine with excellent structure and balance that will benefit with 4-6 years cellaring. Alc/Vol: 14.5% BOTTLED WITH Stelvin SEAL.

Reviews of past vintages...

2005 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Ascent Shiraz
"In similar style to Arrival, but slightly less powerful; no bad thing perhaps; the components are still in balance". Cork. 14.5% alc. To 2020
Rating 94 points - James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion

2004 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Ascent Shiraz
"The 2004 Shiraz “Ascent” was aged for 16 months in French and American oak. It exhibits a more brooding nose of smoke, cedar, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. It is bigger, richer, and better balanced. The flavors are mouth-coating and the finish is long and pure. Although it has enough structure to evolve for 2-4 years, it can be enjoyed now". 91 Points - Jay Miller - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

"The name of this wine refers to Australia’s gradual ascent to winemaking heights, which began with Gregory Blaxland’s first export of Australian wine in 1822. Journeys End winemaker Ben Riggs has a good sense of history, which is a great thing. Deep and dense in appearance, this young shiraz is packed with ripe black-plum fruit, dressed in chocolately notes. Very typically McLaren Vale but without the strong earthiness that marks some of the region’s reds. It’s pure and concentrated with lush texture and long spicy flavours, finishing dry and savoury with very dry, fine-grained tannins. Try it with a navarin of lamb."
Quality: 5 glasses     Value: 4 stars    Rating: 96    Cellar: 1-10 years
-The 2007 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide’ by Ralph Kyte-Powell and Huon Hooke


 
 
 

 

2002 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Ascent Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

~ SOLD OUT ~

"At $25 to $30 is the 2002 Ascent Shiraz, a lusciously fruited, great-value wine: soft, mellow chocolate, spices and licorice."
-Huon Hooke, from "The Age" newspaper, October 2 2004

Further reviews: "An outstanding Shiraz which is filled with an abundance of ‘joosy’ McLaren Vale flavours. Opaque black crimson colour with deep crimson hue. The nose displays a wonderful sniffing experience with a violet top note followed by spice, confectionary, ripe plum and liquorice all-sorts - the sort of wine that one could spend a significant time just nosing. The palate is filled with an abundance of ripe Shiraz flavours. Mouthfilling spice, blackpepper, ripe plum, vanilla and liquorice fill the mouth and are enhanced by velvet smooth tannins. Perfect balance, followed by a very long aftertaste of spice, liquorice, plum and black & white pepper. Cellar 4-5 years (2008-2009) Alc/Vol: 15% RATING: 95/100" -Vintage Direct, Offer #72 October 2004
Tasting Notes on the 2001 Ascent Shiraz..."A complex medium to full bodied array of red and black fruits; excellent use of French oak; overall supple mouthfeel. RATING 93 DRINK 2016" - James Halliday's 2005 Wine Companion.

 

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2005 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Arrival Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

"Strongly regional and powerful, with a seamless array of black fruits, dark chocolate, oak and ripe tannins. Five shiraz clones". Cork. 14.5% Alc. To 2025.
Rating 95 points - James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion

...This is the epitome of a generous McLaren Vale Shiraz. Ripe, concentrated blackberry, mocha and spice combine in lush harmony and the sumptuously proportioned palate is velvety and finely balanced with ripe, soft tannins. (14.5% alcohol; cork.) Ageing? Yes, drink over two to 10 years.
Food Ideas: Bulgogi (Korean barbecued beef); braised lamb with crusty potato top.

Five Stars $$   - Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age Epicure

2004 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Arrival Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

Total Production: Approx 450 dozen. This is the ‘piece de resistance’ of the Journeys End collection - a high point of viticulture and winemaking with only the finest barrels selected for final bottling under the Arrival label. The 2004 vintage in McLaren Vale was considered to be outstanding and lasted longer than usual due to the cool ripening conditions. Good rainfall in winter and spring ensured healthy canopies and concentrated berries resulting in wines of exceptional flavour.

TASTING NOTE: "A deep purple black opaque colour - glass staining. Very aromatic with notes of liquorice, aniseed, cedar, blackberry and vanilla. The palate is beautifully balanced displaying abundant rich ripe voluptuous fruit without being too heavy or over the top. Concentrated and powerful fl avours of blackberry, plum, liquorice, pepper,
cedar and vanilla fi ll the mouth with a very long blackberry liquorice and pepper aftertaste. The wines silky smooth texture makes this wine very drinkable now, but will improve with another 5-6 years cellaring."
Alc/Vol: 14.5%
BOTTLED WITH CORK SEAL. PACKED IN 6 X 750ML CARTONS.

Further reviews:
"The best of the trio is the 2004 Shiraz “Arrival”. Opaque purple-colored, it emits a perfume of wood smoke, toast, tar, licorice, blueberry muffin, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, it has layers of spicy black fruit flavors, a soft blanket of ripe tannin, and excellent length. Allow 4-6 years of bottle aging and drink it through 2020".
93 Points - Jay Miller - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

"Journeys End has a very large range of wines, with nearly all of them based on various permutations of McLaren Vale shiraz. Their avowed aim of over-delivering in terms of value for money is no idle claim; most of the wines are excellent buys. A deliciously concentrated shiraz with aromas of crushed blackberries, dark chocolate and bakery spice. It tastes concentrated and full, but it isn’t so big and powerful that it’s difficult to drink. On the contrary, it gets better with each glass, and its velvety texture dovetails with ripe dry tannins in excellent balance. A long-liver, but you could serve it now with roast beef."
Quality: 5 glasses     Value: 3.5 stars    Rating: 96    Cellar: 2-10+years
-The 2007 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide’ by wine writers Ralph Kyte-Powell and Huon Hooke

"...Bright red-purple; a medium-bodied but complex mix of chocolate, mocha, blackberry and raspberry; ripe tannins and good length; 5 clones of shiraz incorporated". Cork. 14.5% alc To 2016   Rating: 94
- James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition


2002 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS The Arrival Shiraz

Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

~ SOLD OUT ~

When James Halliday released his top 100 wines of the year for 2004, he selected the 2002 Journeys End Vineyards Arrival Shiraz. Here's what he had to say:- "Replete with a label looking very much like the famed Woodley Treasure Chest series of the 1940s and '50s, this is the top end (after the Ascent) of another new virtual winery. It has an extra dimension of power, flooded with superb regional fruit and dark chocolate, with lingering but fine tannins. 96 Points. Best Drinking: 2007-17" 
- James Halliday's Top 100, The Australian Newspaper.

Further reviews: "...at $40 to $50 is the flagship Arrival Shiraz: a blockbuster of concentrated plum, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla depths, with higher levels of tannin and oak. [The Journeys End Shiraz wines are] 15 per cent alcohol, but in contrast to several other wines of that strength doing the rounds, they taste balanced. Riggs seems better able than most to achieve balance with high alcohol, and avoid porty and "dead-fruit" flavours."
-Huon Hooke, from "The Age" newspaper, October 2 2004


"This is Ben Riggs at his winemaking best. Totally opaque black, crimson colour with black crimson hue. Superb nose with magnificent lifted notes of violets, confectionary, cedar and spice followed by a liquorice end note. The palate is very classy - it has that rare quality of weight combined with great elegance and refinement. Beautifully layered flavours of black pepper, plum, confectionary, cedar and spice are followed by a liquorice allsorts back palate. Outstanding length and depth. The tannin structure is a touch more assertive than that of the ‘Ascent’, yet remains very fine and in perfect balance. Very long aftertaste of black pepper, liquorice allsorts and spice. Cellar 5-8 years (2009-2012) Alc/Vol: 15% RATING: 97/100"
-Vintage Direct, Offer #72 October 2004


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