Paul Wallace, Crackerjack 2019
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 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.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
This wine 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.
The composition of the 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 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.
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!
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
The perfect accompaniment to your Sunday roast, lasagna or tomato based stews.