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To preserve the uniqueness and individuality of some of the most under-rated or misunderstood varietals, Tom Keelan is realising the potential of alternative wine styles and giving them their moment in the sun. “With the ever increasing centralisation of the wine industry, we, like you, could be forgiven for thinking we were all just pawns in the big wine company game. The release of the Pawn is a manifestation of our resolve to amend this situation by releasing wines hand crafted from small parcels of premium fruit from our Adelaide Hills Vineyards.

With this philosophy as their goal the Pawn team have embarked on producing hand crafted wines from varieties such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc.

The wines are all named after chess moves involving pawns, from El Desperado to the Jeu de Fin (End Game) wines; a full list of the moves can be found on The Pawn Wine Company’s award winning website should you wish to find out more! The labels for the white and rosé El Desperado wines feature thermogenic ink, which has created a dynamic ‘living label’ that changes from a skull when at room temperature to a beautiful rose when chilled.