Paul Wallace, Braveheart 2019
This is the seventh vintage of Paul Wallace’s Braveheart. Only pristine Pinot was used, and production was very limited, with only ten barrels being made.
The fruit was picked from three different slopes at Wallovale Vineyards, before being whole-berry fermented, basket-pressed, and taken to barrel for Malolactic Fermentation. The wine spent ten months on wood, before being bottled.
Bright ruby in the glass, with a good intensity on the nose; aromas of red cherry, watermelon and white pepper, with a hint of salinity.
Joined on the palate by cranberry and cherry, with fine silky tannins and a lingering, elegant aftertaste, typical of the very best cool-climate Pinot Noir from Elgin.
The 2019 Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir is our seventh vintage. The name is a tribute to William Wallace, a man of great principle and heart, who we would like to believe is one of our ancestors. It is also a play on the Pinot Noir cultivar’s nickname – the Heart Break grape. Fortunately, our 2019 Pinot Noir offering has once again captured our hearts and is anything but a disappointment. Production was very limited – only 10 barrels / 2400 liters of this vintage were vinified.
Pristine grapes (Clone PN115, Guyot pruned) selected from three different slopes on our farm Wallovale Vineyards, were vinified with much love and gentle attention at the Almenkerk Wine Estate. Whole berry fermented in open fermenters, basket pressed and taken to barrel where it completed malolactic fermentation. After 10 months on wood (20% new wood, 45% second fill, 35% third and fourth fill), the wine was prepared for bottling. Bottling date: 7th February 2020.
The Brave Heart Pinot Noir proudly introduces itself with a bright ruby red colour with good intensity, enticing you to explore it further. A complex nose defined by a combination of ripe black and sour red cherries, watermelon and white pepper, together with a hint of salinity prepare your tastebuds for a sensorial sensation. The palate reveals cherry and cranberry, supported by a spicy core which is further embellished by fine silky tannins imparted by the subtle use of Burgundian oak barriques. Finishes with a lovely, lingering aftertaste so typical of Elgin cool climate Pinot Noirs.
Our Brave Heart Pinot Noir is so very versatile and will compliment a wide range of foods. Too delicate to serve with a curry or very creamy dish but superb with plum-glazed duck, roast turkey, chicken dishes, mushroom risotto, or a beautiful side of salmon. It is recommended that in our hot summer months you serve this wine ever so slightly chilled.
Plum-glazed duck, roast turkey or mushroom risotto.