Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Elgin weekend - Sundowners with the Wallaces at Paul Wallace wines

We had booked an Airbnb for the night in Elgin following the Festival at Paul Cluver and made a stop at Wallowvale on the way to visit our friends Nicky and Paul Wallace and watch the sun go down while tasting their wines, exchanging trade gossip and making a fuss of the black dogs and the Jack Russell terrier
These are two of the wines made by Paul Wallace, Paul is a well known and renowned viticulturist who consults to many Cape Wine farms. Nicky, who has earned a great deal of respect in the industry as a wine marketer, runs the tasting room and takes care of the sales and marketing of their own wines. We began with The Little Flirt, a 2015 vintage Sauvignon Blanc, fresh and lively with lemon curd and lime notes, great at waking up the palate. The 2015 Brave Heart Pinot Noir is classic - restrained red berry fruit with potential to age and mature well.
Nicky and Paul helping customers with their orders in the tasting room after a busy Saturday
Paul pours John a glass of the Little Flirt
Hospitable to the end, Nicky brought out some cheese, biscuits and grapes, a perfect way to enjoy the wine and a busy day
The older Black Dog after whom the wine is named. Black Dog Malbec is Paul’s signature wine grown on the farm and it is our wine of the week; read about it here
Relaxing on the sofa. They light a fire in the tasting room in the winter
Autumn is upon us and the lovely lavender and ochre shades show well across the dam at sundown
New vineyards on the hill, with the established vines next to them
Egyptian geese in the farm dam
Elgin is going to have their Cool Wines & County Food festival on the 29th and 30th of April. Make sure you can get there. Details on info@winesofelgin.co.za We will be there
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2017
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