Named after the house-cooling breeze of our ‘Lake Doctor’. These winds arrive from the Great Southern Ocean direct from Antarctica reviving our vines and vignerons alike in the peak of summer heat.
Drink with anything off the grill (preferably charcoal that is), and especially a second glass. Not just about the fruit, it’s earthy too and what we have always loved about Langhorne Creek is they produce cracker wines – consistently!
The result is a fabulously stylish Shiraz, one which offers Five Spice, juicy Plum Pudding flavour with rolling soft, fine-grained Cedar tannin.
Deep purple colour with royal purple hue. Pepper spice and a hint of dark berry fruit on the nose. Plum pudding and blackberry pie, with just a waft of violets. Rich and soft entry with fragrant red fruits. Some tangy cedar and dried spice characters. Juicy round blackberry sweetness follows, tempered with a clotted crema texture with taught but typical Shiraz tannin. A basket full of juicy fruit flavour that fans out in the mouth with rolling soft, fine-grain fruit tannin. Minutes later, the flavour still lingers.
Zonte’s Footstep is a proudly independent Australian wine producer established in 2003. Their grapes are sourced from their own, as well as their neighbours' vineyards, from regions that produce the desired expressive, varietal characteristics of the grapes grounded by the soil they are planted in. Located in the McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and further afield. The name comes from a mixture of things. In 1893 a vineyard was planted with Zante currant to produce table grapes for the growing population of Adelaide. In the 1920s the vineyard was replanted with wine producing varieties of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which were eventually used to make the first Zonte's wine. As a tribute to the journey of the grapes in the vineyard (and because you arent legally allowed to mention a grape variety unless its contained in the wine) it was decided to change the “A” to an “O” – ZONTE’S – sufficiently similar. Then in1999, the vineyard was purchased and a plan to plant Viognier, Sangiovese and other new and exciting grape varieties was undertaken. Whilst replanting the vineyard some large boulders with footprints were discovered from the largest known marsupial to have ever lived, the Diprotodon. It was this unique fossilised FOOTSTEP that cemented the name and the journey of Zonte's Footstep was begun. Their aim is the diligent pursuit of producing wines that reflect a sense of place, style and purpose.
WINE SHOWCASE MAGAZINE
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of licorice, fresh leather, coffee syrup, plum sauce, vanilla soft serve, and blackberry compote with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an interesting, medium taffy, caramel, and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An inky shiraz to stand up to a good meal.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
It is delightfully fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark plum, mixed berry compote, olive, mixed spice and floral characters. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel, well supported by supple texture and polished tannins. The wine shows lovely fruit purity together with elegant complexity, finishing long and graceful.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 - SILVER
Fluid and fresh, displaying a spice and pepper overlay, plus a lovely mid-palate with a hidden herbaceous backbone. Subtle but vibrant.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It’s upfront and lively though its main play is on texture. If you get the smoothness right then the flavours don’t matter so much; or so this wine seems to think. It’s plummy, minty and vanilla, the flavours moving creamily through the mouth. The palate itself doesn’t have much depth but it has just enough.