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Zonte's Footstep The Lake Doctor Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • JH94
  • W&S91
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker 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.

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JH 94
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.
W&S 91
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.
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Zonte's Footstep

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Zonte's Footstep, Australia
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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.

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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