Wine of Origin


Harvest Date

10th – 16th March 2016





13.31% (13.5% on label)

Residual Sugar

2.3 g/l




5.6 g/l

Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
The 2017 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec is the ninth 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.

2017 is proving to be a memorable vintage. A drier than normal season in Elgin contributed to even ripeness resulting in wines of great intensity and structure. The three individual blocks that comprise our Malbec plantings each have their own unique profile due to different row direction and training systems. Each block was harvested separately. Delivered in pristine condition to the cellar, the grapes were destalked. Once in the open fermenter they were inoculated with D254 yeast. The wine received three punch downs per day, was pressed after 16 – 18 days on the skins and taken almost immediately to barrel. MLF occurred in barrel. The wine spent approximately 14 months in 225 and 300 lit French oak. The new wood component was 15%.

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.

• Wine Mag 92 points
• Platter 4 *  



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Wallovale Vineyards, Farm #63, Highlands Road, Elgin, South Africa