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.
NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium purple colour with garnet red edges. Cured-meats and earthy, savoury aromatics wrestle with blackberries and aniseed, spicy oak in the background. Luscious and juicy when sipped; a very well-balanced wine, red and blue berries taper into ripe and still savoury tannins. Delicious stuff
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Wonderfully fruited and perfumed, the bouquet shows blackberry, blueberry compote, violet, toasted almond and subtle spice aromas, leading to a succulent palate that is plump and fleshy. The wine offers gorgeous fruit purity together with elegant spicy complexity, beautifully framed by fine, polished tannins. AU$23.00. www.thepawn.com.au.
Medium to full red colour with brightness and clarity. The bouquet is likewise fresh and bright with peppermint Lifesaver lolly aromas, while the palate is intense and medium to full-bodied with some firmness and grip. Medium concentration. A solid, serious red wine, and very good - if you don't mind the mint.