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Zonte's Footstep Shiraz/Viognier 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
A blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier.
The 2007 vintage is the fourth release of Zonte's Footstep single site Shiraz Viognier. Fittingly, Australia's beloved Shiraz is blended with a hatful of the aromatic white variety, Viognier, to add complexity to this wine. Rich and dark fruit flavors of blackberry and plum combine beautifully with subtle blonde tobacco and fine grained tannins to create a medium bodied wine with a velvety mouthfeel. Exotic tropical fruit and litchi nut notes are accentuated by the subtle cedar oak flavors. Drink now or hide in the cellar for 3 years.
The Wine AdvocateThe 2006 Shiraz-Viognier 6% has been an annual best buy in these pages. It was aged in 20% new oak. Dark ruby/purple-colored, it has an alluring, slightly kinky nose of wild blueberries, smoked sausage, and bacon. This is followed by a ripe, seamless, easy-to-understand wine with a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this hedonistic effort over the next three years.
International Wine CellarDeep ruby. Youthfully brooding blackberry and plum aromas brighten with air, taking a turn to raspberry and cherry. Fresh red and dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and firmed by fine-grained tannins. Finishes with good sappy persistence and lingering berry flavor. Offers considerable fruity appeal.
Australian Wine CompanionPerfumed, typical fruit flavours of the blend; throws the emphasis onto that fruit and away from structure into a cheerful early-drinking style.
Wine SpectatorSmooth in texture and medium-bodied, showing bright blackberry and boysenberry fruit that’s shaded with hints of apricot and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
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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
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.