The Pawn Wine Co. `El Desperado` Rosé 2012 (12 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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CHESS TRIVIA – El Desperado

In chess, El Desperado is a doomed pawn determined to give itself up to bring about a stalemate when captured - a pawn that is as good as dead - setting out to do as much damage as possible.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


A pale salmon hue announces this as a delicate rosé style.


An intensely fragrant bouquet with hints of Turkish delight and rose water.


The wine has crisp acidity and with layered complexity will surprise those drinkers expecting a simple quaffer. It shows a delicate petal infused palate with hints of Rosemary and Guava and a mouthfeel that is sycophantic and textured. It is complex but not primitive, delicate but not reclusive, supple but not soft - Think Einstein listening to Pearl Jam while chargrilling Bug Tails.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
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Winery Profile

The Pawn had its beginning in 2002 as a "once" off experiment between viticulturist & winemaker Tom Keelan and vigneron David Blows. They had a craving to make into wine a small parcel of Petit Verdot from their Springhill Vineyards in Macclesfield. This wine was originally for their own consumption as both were self proclaimed aficionados of this variety.

The pair had become perturbed and jaded that certain grape varieties were being used as blending tools by the bigger wine companies and that the potential of alternative wine styles wasn't being allowed to shine within the wine industry.

The resultant first vintage was a "cracker of a wine" and suggested to them that an opportunity existed to develop a wine range which rebelled against the corporate players of the wine industry. Tom and David began to identify idyllic viticultural sites and hand selected parcels of fruit within the Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek to produce wines that were 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 wine.

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