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The Pawn The Gambit Adelaide Hills Sangiovese

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The Pawn Wines are a breath of fresh air in a market increasingly dominated by faceless brands and corporate monoliths. Using fruit from Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills winemaker Tom Keelan focuses on making handcrafted wines using alternative varieties. This Sangiovese is unashamedly food friendly and begs to matched with some meatballs or veal saltimbocca. Juicy and layered with cherry fruit and hints of leather, there’s good tannin weight and a persistent, complex finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Dry, complex and layered – this wine is multi-faceted with cherry and cranberry fruit, leather and mineral notes, light tannin and a long complex finish.

Food Match: A really good steak, lamb roast with the in-laws and soft enough to be wolfed down by itself.

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The Pawn The Gambit Adelaide Hills Sangiovese

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Some handy fragrance and chirpy red cherry fruit here - it smells just like it should and offers gently spicy nuances. It's a tidy medium-weight affair on the palate, nicely balanced, with fine tannins running the whole distance. Finishes crisp and satisfying with lingering red fruit flavour.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Distinctly light colour; shows sangiovese for what it is when the vines are relatively young; red cherry fruits, spice and an earthy/minerally finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Tom Keelan works in Langhorne Creek by night, but has a secret love of some of the more unusual varieties being grown in the Adelaide Hills regions. He's a vineyard manager and knows good grapes when he sees them - as these wines amply show. An exciting new brand. 2006 RELEASE Jolly good wine. Mega savoury. Full of flavours of bacon fat and sun-dried cherries, cedar and dried herbs. There's a hunk of chewy tannin here too, which works well with the style and shape of the wine. Lots of juicy acidity. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92

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