Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
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'The 2018 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec is the tenth vintage made from grapes produced on our own farm, Wallovale Vineyards. It is named after Paul’s beefy black shadow, a cross Labrador/Rottweiler, named Jake. The Malbec grape is also known as the Black Grape and it is this characteristic that has been incorporated into the name.

Much like the dog the wine is dark in colour, well-muscled intense and full of character. The Black Dog Malbec presents with an intriguing somewhat exotic nose, conjuring up hints of blue berries, black berries, back currants and juicy red plums. The entry onto the palate is a satisfying fruit-filled mouthful of both red and black fruits linked by a thread of spice and held together with silky tannins – just enough to contribute to food friendliness. The Black Dog Malbec is a truly memorable wine which reflects the natural elegance we have come to expect from Elgin wines.

The ideal accompaniment to red meat dishes, beef steak, game or slow roasted lamb or should it take your fancy, sit in front of a fire, sip slowly and dip into a bowl of pistachio nuts or biltong.' – Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
'Whereas most local versions of this variety are full and rich to a fault, the soon-to-be-released Black Dog 2017 is a light and rather pretty wine (alcohol: 13.14%). The nose displays violets to go with black fruit while the palate is marked by pure fruit, fresh acidity and ever so fine tannins. Made by Johan Jordaan at Spier, the final wine includes 5% Petit Verdot and was matured for 15 months in mainly French oak but also a small portion in concrete egg.' – Christian Eedes,, 92/100
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 100% Malbec
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Malbec
Technical analysis RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.49
Producer information Paul Wallace, a viticultural consultant with over 30 years experience, purchased an Elgin farm with his wife Nicky in 2003. With a strong belief in the potential of the cool-climate Elgin region, they replaced the orchards with vineyards, creating 12 new hectares of vines. They have been producing the Black Dog Malbec since 2004 and from 2013 have expanded their wine range. This is a family affair with sons, Mark and Bobby, involved in the farm and also starting their own wine project together.
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