Zonte's Footstep The Lake Doctor Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia

Item No. 122483
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • JH94
  • W&S91
  • ST90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • WS90
  • JH90

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
94 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Zonte's Footstep Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About South Australia

The majority of wines from Australia come from this state. Home to the red wine regions of 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.

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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