Wine of Origin


Bottling Date 3 August 2022





14.29% (14.0% on label)

Residual Sugar

1.8 g/l




5.5 g/l


Winemaking Notes
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 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% 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, as does the Cabernet Franc, whilst the other two grape varieties were bought in from Elgin grape producers with whom Paul has a direct involvement. 2020 was the first year our young Cabernet Franc block came into commercial production and is showing such exciting promise.


Each parcel of grapes was harvested at its own optimum ripeness and vinified separately. Post fermentation maceration the wine was left on the skins for 14 days. Thereafter each wine was transferred to barrel where they completed malolactic fermentation. The wines spent 16 - 24 months in 225 lit French oak barriques prior to blending. The wine received a light filtration before bottling on 3rd August 2022.


The alluring bright colour immediately invites one to explore this wine further. Red currants, black currants, raspberries, sundried tomatoes, violets and cracked black peppercorns all contribute to a vibrant nose. Merlot drivenand 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!!
• National Wine Challenge 2023 Double Gold Award



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