Full Review

Zonte’s Footstep

Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14% RS: .26%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14% RS: .26%
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Toasty, fruity aromas of boysenberry pie a la mode, spiced toffee, hint of alpine herbs, and candied sage and gherkin with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, long creme brulee, white chocolate craisins, pickled beets and melon, and dusty minerals and slate finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, spicy palate-pleasing malbec from down under.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: boysenberry pie a la mode, spiced toffee, hint of alpine herbs, and candied sage and gherkin
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, white chocolate craisins, pickled beets and melon, and dusty minerals and slate
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Empanadas, Beef Teriyaki, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, spicy palate-pleasing malbec from down under.

The Producer

Zonte’s Footstep

The Producer
169 Douglas Gully Road
McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Australia
61 -8 83 83 20 83

Their Portfolio

93 Z-Force 2014 Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $44.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Chocolate Factory", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
95 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Lake Doctor", Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Violet Beauregard", Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $25.00.
95 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Avalon Tree", Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Canto di Lago", Sangiovese-Barbera, Adelaide 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Z Force", Syrah-Petite Sirah, McLaren Vale 15% (Australia) $49.95.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Excalibur", Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Doctoressa di Lago", Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Scarlet Ladybird" Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Scarlet LadyBird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $14.28.
90 Zonte’s Footstep NV Bolle Felici "Prosecco", McLaren Vale 11% (Australia) $14.28.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Doctoressa di Lago", Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Excalibur", Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Scarlet Ladybird" Rose, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Peacock’s Fan", Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep NV "Bolle Felici", Fleurieu Peninsula 11% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Chocolate Factory", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Lake Doctor", Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Baron Von Nemesis", Shiraz, Barossa Valley 14.5% (Australia) $28.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Hills Are Alive", Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $28.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Avalon Tree", Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Violet Beaureguard", Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $20.00.
86 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Canto di Lago, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Love Symbol", Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep NV Bolle Felici Prosecco, Fleurieu Peninsula 11% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 Z-Force Reserve, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $55.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Baron Von Nemesis, Shiraz, Barossa Valley 14.5% (Australia) $35.00.
86 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Hills Are Alive, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $35.00.
85 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
84 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Doctoressa Di Lago, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Lady Marmalade, Vermentino, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $20.00.
94 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Canto di Lago, Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Doctoress di Lago, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
86 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
82 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Lady Marmalade, Vermentino, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Dawn Patrol, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $23.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Blackberry Patch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Canto Di Lago, Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Baron Von Nemesis, Shiraz, Barossa Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Hills Are Alive, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Z Force, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $40.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Lady Marmalade, Vermentino, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $20.00.
84 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dusk til Dawn, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $30.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dawn Patrol, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $30.00.
95 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Baron Von Nemesis, Shiraz, Barossa Valley 14.5% (Australia) $35.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Hills Are Alive, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $35.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Blackberry Patch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
85 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Z Force, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $55.00.
96 Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Canto Di Lago, Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Lady Marmalade, Vermentino, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
84 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Blackberry Patch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Violet Beauregard, Malbec, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Canto Red Blend, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
86 Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.

Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice and in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.