2019 Paul Wallace Braveheart Pinot Noir

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2019 Paul Wallace Braveheart Pinot Noir

The name is a tribute to William Wallace, a man of great principle and heart, who we would like to believe is one of our ancestors. It is also a play on the Pinot Noir cultivar’s nickname – the Heart Break grape!

Tasting Notes

Colour

The Brave Heart Pinot Noir proudly introduces itself with a bright ruby red colour enticing you to explore it further. 

Nose

A complex nose defined by a combination of ripe black and sour red cherries, watermelon and white pepper, together with a hint of salinity prepares your tastebuds for a sensorial sensation.

Palate

The palate reveals cherry and cranberry, supported by a spicy core that is further embellished by fine silky tannins imparted by the subtle use of Burgundian oak barriques. Finishes with a lovely, lingering aftertaste so typical of Elgin's cool climate Pinot Noirs.

Paul Wallace Braveheart Pinot Noir

Winery

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. 

Vinification

The 2019 Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir is our seventh vintage. The name is a tribute to William Wallace, a man of great principle and heart, who we would like to believe is one of our ancestors. It is also a play on the Pinot Noir cultivar’s nickname – the Heart Break grape. Fortunately, our 2019 Pinot Noir offering has once again captured our hearts and is anything but a disappointment. Production was very limited – only 10 barrels / 2400 liters of this vintage were vinified.

Pristine grapes (Clone PN115, Guyot pruned) selected from three different slopes on our farm Wallovale Vineyards, were vinified with much love and gentle attention at the Almenkerk Wine Estate. Whole berry fermented in open fermenters, basket pressed and taken to barrel where it completes malolactic fermentation. After 10 months on wood (20% new wood, 45% second fill, 35% third and fourth fill), the wine was prepared for bottling. Bottling date: 7th February 2020.

Accolade

  • National Wine Challenge 2020 - Double Silver
  • IWSC 2020 - Bronze Medal
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Bronze
  • Platter Wine Guide 2021 – 4*

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Pinot Noir
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
12.3% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.2 units
Type Red Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Brave Heart Pinot Noir is so very versatile and will complement a wide range of foods. Too delicate to serve with a curry or very creamy dish but superb with plum-glazed duck, roast turkey, chicken dishes, mushroom risotto, or a beautiful side of salmon. It is recommended that in the hot summer months you serve this wine ever so slightly chilled.
Origin Elgin
Appellation WO Western Cape