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Zonte's Footstep Shiraz/Viognier 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
Blend: 94% Shiraz, 6% Viognier
The fruit is sourced from five hundred and twenty odd acres of vineyard at Langhorne Creek, one of Australia's oldest wine grape districts just South East of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, on the spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula.
Last century, a group of old school mates founded the vineyards in the Langhorne Creek wine region, close to the original 19th-century plantings, in the traditional grape growing heart of the area. Planted mainly to red grapes and beloved Shiraz, there are also some significant plantings of whites, including the pioneer plantings of Viognier in the district. With more than 50 acres of the variety planted, it is quite possibly the largest planting in the Southern Hemisphere.
This wine is initially a fruit bomb, full of blackberries, juicy, soft and sweet. The full fruit flavors are married together with some subtle blonde tobacco and fine grained mouth puckering tannin. Medium bodied and finely tuned with refreshingly zippy tannins balanced by fine soft cedary oak flavors on a rounded fruit palate.
Zonte's Footstep Winery
Last century, a group of old school mates founded these vineyards in the Langhorne Creek wine region, one of Australia's oldest wine grape districts just South East of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, on the spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula. Planted mainly to red grape and beloved Shiraz, there are also some significant plantings of whites, including the pioneer plantings of Viognier in the district, and with more than 50 acres of the variety planted, quite possibly the largest planting in the Southern Hemisphere.Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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