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2018 El Desperado Red Blend

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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 red blend This wine was made from grapes sourced from our Macclesfield vineyard. A blend of 4 varieties, we have taken the finest characteristics of each, to craft a medium bodied wine that is a mouth filling textural flavour bomb, which will accompany any food at any occasion.

The Sangiovese brings lifted aromatics of cherry cola and raspberry, with fine tannins on the palate. Tempranillo adds a perfumed lift and spicy richness, the Shiraz delivering deep colour, berry fruits, pepper and velvety tannins and the Montepulciano adds mind boggling colour and the ability to say a word that sounds sexy. 

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Variety trivia

A blend of 4 varieties, we take the finest characteristics of each, to compose a medium bodied wine that is a mouth filling textural flavour bomb, that will accompany any food on any occasion.
Each individual parcel was placed into 5T open top fermenters and each got a 7 – 9 day ferment, pumped over twice daily for 20 minutes each. Pressed to tank, then racked to older American and French Oak for a 9 – 12 month maturation. Blending occurred after 9 months and the final blend spend a further 3 months in oak to aid in integration.

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

Pizza on a Friday night, pasta with fresh tomato and chilli, Lamb shanks with lots of sauce and crusty bread

Label Trivia

Blending was once seen by some as the poorer by-product of winemaking, but is now used to create wines which are greater than the sum of all parts.
It is always the first red I put together each year and often takes the longest time to craft.

Harvest Date

March 26th 2018, 4pm Tempranillo,
April 4th 2018, 2pm Shiraz
April 14th 2018, 8am Sangiovese & Montepulciano

Vineyard Location

Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills, South Australia,
-35.186149, 138.815208

Harvest Weight

8 tonnes/hectare

Clonal Material

D8V12 Tempranillo, Piccolo Sangiovese, BVRC 12 1654 Shiraz

Alcohol

14.5%

pH

3.63

T.A.

5.08

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