Delicate pale salmon hue. Lifted floral aromas mixed with freshly picked strawberries. A balanced acidity with a variety layered complexity that will astonish those drinkers expecting a simple quaffer. The palate has delicate hints of rose petal and Turkish delight, and should be consumed chilled or on ice.
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.
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Pale salmon-pink colour. An ultra-refreshing style, tight and reserved, with a strong citrusy core. It is taut, bright and gently savoury with faint creaminess. In order to ensure that the wine is served adequately chilled, a skull will appear on the label once the wine reaches a temperature above 16 degrees. Wow!
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The tempranillo was picked a month before the sangiovese, each parcel given 2.5 hours on skins then pressed and cool-fermented in stainless steel. Very pale pink; it has an armful of red flowers of all kinds on the bouquet, the palate with savoury/citrussy acidity underneath the red berry fruits. Nice rose, well balanced, good length.