Two blind tastings held a few days apart in late January served to reveal the extraordinary versatility of the Cape winelands. The one — conducted at Journey’s End — focused on several red and white wine categories. The second was hosted in Johannesburg by Wines of Elgin and was an exercise dealing solely with chardonnay.

The Journey’s End property lies at the eastern side of Somerset West, adjacent to Sir Lowry’s Village on the one side and Vergelegen on the other. As the crow flies, it’s perhaps 5km from False Bay, with southeast-facing vineyards running up the Schaapenberg...

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