Never known to be a traditionalist, and sometimes described as something of
a viticultural maverick, Paul has been making his own Malbec from bought in
grapes since 2004. What started as a 'fun project' to keep his friends in
wine, has developed something of a reputation and following. His maiden
vintage, the Paul Wallace Malbec 2004, received a 4 star rating in John
Platter and was awarded a Silver Medal at the Michelangelo International
Wine Awards 2006. Subsequent vintages have all received a four star rating
in the Platter wine guide.
The 2008 vintage of Malbec was the first vintage made from grapes harvested
from our own farm, Wallovale Vineyards. It is also the very first bottled
pure Malbec from the Elgin region. Nicky used this opportunity to rebrand
the product changing the packaging from the original bold purple label to a
discreet yet striking label featuring a purple stripe and introducing Paul's
shadow, the beefy black dog (aka Jake) featured in silhouette on the front
label. Jake knows every vine intimately.
Our current vintage is the
2013 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec.
2014 saw the inauguration of our tasting room as well as the Maiden Release
Paul Wallace Little Flirt Sauvignon Blanc
Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir. The range was further extended with the inclusion of our Bordeaux blend named Crackerjack. As the name suggests it is exactly that - a cracker of a wine.
We were particularly excited about a small batch of Noble Late Harvest made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes in an extremely tricky and rainy summer of 2014. The last few bottles are now firmly tucked away in Nicky's secret store but two barrels have been made in 2016 so keep watching for news on its release.
Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay will be planted in the winter of 2016. We did however buy in some grapes from the neighbours to cut down on the time from plant to launch so there are some exciting projects in the pipeline. We will keep you posted. Why not visit us and see what we are up to?
Brainstorm some names for our range additions with us whilst we sip on some of Elgin's finest.