The wine is intensely aromatic with a bouquet of wild red berries and black pepper along with cinnamon and plums. The palate is rich, displaying fruits such as blackberry and cherry complementing the spicy backbone of liquorice and chocolate. A hint of savouriness gives the wine an extra layer of complexity with good tight acidity and smooth velvety tannins.
The Pawn Wine Co. began in 2002 as an experiment between friends - winemaker Tom Keelan and vigneron David Blows. The pair saw that alternative grape varieties were being used as blending tools by the bigger corporate wine companies instead of being stand alone artisinal Adelaide Hills wines of provenance. Tom and David realised the potential of these varietals to make “old world” wine styles and determined that they be allowed to shine in their own right. The first vintage of The Pawn received so many accolades, Tom set out to identify other idyllic viticultural sites and hand selected parcels of fruit within the Adelaide Hills to produce wines that are not only a bit unconventional, but enjoyable to drink, incredibly food friendly, and made in a style that reflects their true origins – the ultimate in hand crafted, Adelaide Hills, Artisinal wine.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A mix of four clones Selectiv'-harvested, whole berries open-fermented, matured in French oak (25% new) for 12 months. Speaks clearly of its place, the climate perfect for shiraz, with the accent on elegance while still delivering abundant dark cherry and blackberry flavours. The bouquet is fragrant, the palate long and persistent.
Mint and herb on the nose, giving way to an opulent, muscular Shiraz. Bodybuilder tannins that threaten to overwhelm the rich blackberry fruit, though not at this stage.