Zonte's Footstep The Lake Doctor Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
There is a touch of Viognier in this wine (though not represented on the label) which adds a welcome degree of freshness and elegance to the full-bore nature of the Shiraz. Notes of bay leaf, cracked pepper and assorted baking spices enhance the strikingly pure mulberry and black raspberry aromas. The palate exhibits emphatically applied flavors of blackberry and spiced plum along with subtler nuances of cinnamon, spearmint and graphite. Supple tannins and respectable acidity work together to add focus and definition.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright colour; the touch of viognier (less than 5%) has added a degree of freshness and elegance to the multitude of flavours of this medium-bodied wine, the fragrance of the bouquet sending the first signals of the red and black fruits, spice and controlled oak flavours; fine, ripe tannins lengthen the finish."
Wine & Spirits - "This wine is named for the cool afternoon breeze that arrives from Lake Alexan-drina, sustaining the freshness in the grapes for this blend, which includes five percent viognier. It has a bitter chocolate scent and plenty of umami backing up the finish, edgy and mouthwatering in its black fruit flavors. The savory complexity will meld with cumin-rubbed lamb off the grill."
International Wine Cellar - "Full ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes blueberry and boysenberry, dried violet and cracked pepper. Lush, seamless and gently sweet, offering weighty dark berry flavors and supple texture. The blueberry note repeats on the velvety, very persistent finish."
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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.
These are serious wines that restores one's faith in the purity of winemaking during an age of vinous homogeny. View all Zonte's Footstep Wines
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
About AustraliaLike 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.