Paul Wallace Crackerjack red blend wine from ElginPaul Wallace Crackerjack red blend wine from Elgin

Paul Wallace, Crackerjack 2019

(4 reviews)

Nicky Wallace, Paul’s wife, is especially fond of Bordeaux blends and Paul indulged her by crafting this ‘cracker’ of a wine.

This right-bank style Bordeaux blend shows the versatility of Elgin fruit. Merlot dominant, followed by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, respectively.

The result is a red wine that is rich and opulent, with a bright feminine essence and a savoury core. Notes of fresh cherry, cranberry, plum and blackcurrant on the palate, with chocolate and vanilla on the finish.


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Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied


​​The Crackerjack wine from Paul Wallace came about as an indulgence to the lady of the house, who is particularly partial to fine Bordeaux-styled blend. Together Paul and Nicky Wallace have put together a “cracker” of a wine, blending and showcasing the versatility of Elgin.

Crackerjack Wine Details

The composition of the Paul Wallace Crackerjack wine is 40% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec.

The grapes all originate for the Elgin region, a high-lying basin surrounded by mountain ranges. Naturally, the Malbec hails from Paul and Nicky’s farm, Wallovale Vineyards, whilst the other three grape varieties were bought in from Elgin grape producers with whom Paul has a direct involvement.

A Cabernet Franc vineyard has been planted on Paul and Nicky’s farm but the first commercial harvest is only expected in 2020.

Each parcel of red wine grapes was harvested at its own optimum ripeness and vinified separately at Eikendal Winery, Somerset West. Each wine was inoculated with Zymalore Xpure, a yeast recommended for wines with high aromatic purity, enhanced expression of black fruit notes and a great smoothness of mouthfeel. Post fermentation the wine was left for 14 days on the skins.

Thereafter each wine was transferred to barrel where they completed Malolactic fermentation. The wines spent a minimum of 24 months in 225 lit French oak barriques prior to blending. The wine received a light filtration before bottling on 8th July 2021.

Wine Appearance

The alluring bright colour immediately invites one to explore this wine further. Merlot driven (think Bordeaux Right Bank) and power packed with fresh fruits encompassing both the red and black fruit spectrums, with a savoury core.

Rich and opulent, yet bright and feminine, this little “cracker” is the perfect example of how the whole sum is better than the parts and of how the individual components support and enhance one another.

We recommend the Crackerjack as the perfect accompaniment to your Sunday roast lamb, lasagna and tomato based stews. Enjoy!

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Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

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The perfect accompaniment to your Sunday roast, lasagna or tomato based stews.

4 reviews for Paul Wallace, Crackerjack 2019

  1. This Crackerjack has all the flavour and spunk that you would expect from a South African Bordeaux blend along with a surprising finesse that makes you want to go back for more.


  2. Would never have picked this off the shelf, but so glad that the team at RAKQ suggested it to me. Don’t be put off by the price, the few extra pounds are totally worth it!!

    Mr Sean C Lumley

  3. What’s not to love about a great South African Bordeaux blend… and this is a really great example! Superbly rounded, long lingering finish coats the mouth beautifully. 5 stars!!

    Steve Butcher

  4. Decanter | 92pts – Silver

    “Very expressive! Packed with strawberry and raspberry compote, kelp, iodine and saline-laden blackcurrant. Cool, precise, and focused with lovely purity.”

    DWWA 2021

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