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Some varieties just love to be made into Rosé. Sangiovese and Tempranillo together make a great partnership.
They both show characters intrinsic to a smashing Rosé; natural acidity, spice and fantastic fruit flavours. This blend of the two, from The Pawn Wine Co. hits the nail right on the head.
One other thing that caught our attention with this wine is the striking packaging. But beware, let the wine spend too long out of the fridge and a death skull will magically appear on the label. Not kidding, it’s very cool.
The time for Rosé is now. Get into this ASAP, the fresher the better on this baby!
What It Tastes Like
Bright and bubbly (not literally) Rosé here. Spicy perfume with floral tones and sweet strawberries. Cinnamon and turkish delight. It’s slings through the mouth, clean as a jiffy. Dry, spiced and perky wine with some personality.
2016 El Desperado Sangiovese Tempranillo Rose
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 succumb 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 Rose is made from grapes sourced from our Macclesfield vineyard. A delicate pale salmon hue signifies this as a wine to be consumed on a warm summers day, with food and friends. It shows lifted floral aromas mixed with freshly picked strawberries. The wine has 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.
Variety trivia – We still believe that this is the only Sangiovese Tempranillo Rose style wine in the world – so far
Chess Trivia - In chess, El Desperado is a doomed pawn that seems determined to give itself up to bring about a stalemate when captured, a pawn that is as good as dead and so sets out to do as much damage as possible.
Goes best with – Spring lunches & summer afternoons.
Label Trivia - For your drinking pleasure, when the rose on the label changes to reveal the skull(16°), it indicates the wine will need to be put on ice or back in the fridge.
Harvest Date – February 17th 2016, 5am Tempranillo, March 9th 2016, 7am Sangiovese
Vineyard Location – Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, -35.186149, 138.815208
Harvest Weight – 8.2 tonnes/hectare
Clonal Material – D8V12 Tempranillo, Piccolo Sangiovese
Alcohol – 12% pH – 3.2 T.A. – 6.2
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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.
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