2018 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec

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2018 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec

 A memorable wine with a lot of character; one that embodies the elegance of Elgin fruit. 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.

Tasting Notes


Lean, dark and intense


The Black Dog Malbec presents with an intriguing somewhat exotic nose, conjuring up hints of blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants 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.

2019 Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec


Paul Wallace Wines is a small family-run business with the farm located in Elgin, previously best known for its apples and pears, which is one of the most exciting developing wine regions within the South African wine industry and indeed internationally. 


The three individual blocks that comprise their Malbec plantings each have their own unique profile due to different row direction and training systems. Each block was harvested separately, each contributing it’s own unique building block. Left on the skins, post-fermentation before being transferred into 225 and 300-lit French oak barriques, where MLF took place. The wine spent approximately 18 months in wood with a 20% new wood component. 15% was matured in a concrete egg, contributing towards the fruit driven profile and adding yet another building block to the final compilation.


  • 90 points | 2022 Platters Guide (2018 Vintage)
  • 90 points Silver | IWSC (2018 Vintage)
  • 92 points Winemag.co.za (2018 Vintage)


Year 2018
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Malbec
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type Red Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches

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.

Origin Elgin
Appellation WO Western Cape