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Zonte’s Footstep

Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Dawn Patrol, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .34%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$30

Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Dawn Patrol, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .34%
Pale light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried mulberry, eucalyptus, matcha, jasmine tea, ivory, and Italian hand soap with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long molasses switchel and blackberry leaf finish. An unmistakably Australian pinot noir that rustles the hedge grove.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: dried mulberry, eucalyptus, matcha, jasmine tea, ivory, and Italian hand soap
Taste Flavor: molasses switchel and blackberry leaf
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Pheasant A La Creme, Rabbit Pappardelle, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An unmistakably Australian pinot noir that rustles the hedge grove.

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.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Lake Doctor", Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Chocolate Factory", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Doctoressa Di Lago", Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Excalibur", Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $15.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Avalon Tree", Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
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.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.