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If you are looking for tasty, easy drinking wines for mid-week, the wines from The Pawn Wine Co. are some of the best value you will find in the Adelaide Hills. The 2016 Pinot Noir is a delightful drink. The fruit was grown on the Macclesfield vineyard, managed by viticulturist & winemaker Tom Keelan and vigneron David Blows. This part of the Hills, with it's warm days and cool nights proved to be great conditions to produce the first Pinot Noir under the El Desperado label. It's not complicated or particularly intense, but it does offer plenty of Pinot pleasure at a very sharp price.
What it Tastes Like
Strawberry, pepper, rosewater and ripe cherry notes. It plays down in the lighter style of Pinot Noir, to be sure. This is light and rosy with a flighty fell, delicate tannin and a gentle fruit sweetness in the palate. Loveable Pinot at a great price.
90 points "Fits easily into the successful niche this variety has found in the market. Attractive vinosity in the bouquet with subtle pear and faintly nutty aromas. Slightly glycerous mouthfeel, quite soft and generous but the shape and length of palate are very good. Well judged winemaking." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Our first ever Vintage of El Desperado was 2011, and will always be known in Australian wine history as the vintage from hell, as many vineyards suc-cumb to the wet summer. For the Pawn, we sacrificed making our full range of wines that year to create a brand new style wine. Although we did not set out to make the El Desperado before that vintage, when you taste this wine, by hell you will be glad we did. This , our first Pinot Noir was made from grapes sourced from our Maccles-field vineyard and with warm days and cool nights, it provides ideal grow-ing conditions for this varietal. A blend of 6 different clones, we have taken to a bit of winemaking in the vineyard with all 6 clones being harvested together and fermented as one complete blend. The wine was left on skins for 2 days, then fermented dry over the next 10 days. Aromas of cherry cola, rose petals and spice erupt from the glass. On the palate, the wine reveals a berry fruit explosion of black cherry and cranberry, with touches of balsamic and earth tones.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
The Pawn Wine Co.
Pawn Wine Co. frontman Tom Keelan doesn’t take a backward step, with his colourful and adventurous label dedicated to taking on the big boys and presenting a wine drinking alternative to the mass-produced, conservative wines that so dominate our industry. Working with some terrific Adelaide Hills vineyards, Keelan crafts a mix of both traditional and alternative styles, all made in an accessible yet thought-provoking style, all beautifully presented and all unbeatable value. Checkmate!
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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