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Zonte’s Footstep

Zonte’s Footstep
2020 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: 0.60%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20
Best Buy
2022 World Wine Championships - Best Value Australian Shiraz Best Dinner Party Red Wine

Zonte’s Footstep
2020 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: 0.60%
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pepper on olive tapenade, blackberry cranberry, grass cuttings, and cocoa nib with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of lamb and beef burger with red fruit vinaigrette sauce and arugula, smoked sage, plum, and pipe tobacco with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. This lovely Shiraz invokes a warm summer evening with grilled meats and a whiff of smoke.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: fresh pepper on olive tapenade, blackberry cranberry, grass cuttings, and cocoa nib
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of lamb and beef burger with red fruit vinaigrette sauce and arugula, smoked sage, plum, and pipe tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: This lovely Shiraz invokes a warm summer evening with grilled meats and a whiff of smoke.

The Producer

Zonte’s Footstep

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

Their Portfolio

91 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Excalibur , Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $15.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Shades of Gris, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $15.00.
90 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Blackberry Patch, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $19.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Canto , Sangiovese, Fleurieu Peninsula 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Love Symbol , Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $19.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Baron Von Nemesis, Shiraz, Barossa Valley 14.5% (Australia) $48.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Super Trooper, Shiraz Cabernet, Fleurieu Peninsula 14% (Australia) $17.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Blackberry Patch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, Mclaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $17.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $17.00.
91 Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Super Trooper Shiraz Cabernet, Shiraz, Fleurieu Peninsula 14% (Australia) $17.00.
89 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2022 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $17.00.
86 Zonte’s Footstep 2022 Lady Marmalade, Vermentino, Fleurieu Peninsula 11.5% (Australia) $17.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $20.00.
94 Zonte’s Footstep 2022 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé, Fleurieu Peninsula 13% (Australia) $20.00.

Shiraz

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Shiraz is made in several countries, but the best-known versions are from Australia. Known as Syrah in other countries, Shiraz is a rich red wine known for its blackberry and plum flavors and moderate tannins. Some examples also have a good amount of pepper, tobacco, licorice and black spice apparent on the palate as well.

There are hundreds of versions from Australia, ranging from less than $10 a bottle to more than $40 a bottle. The lighter versions are easy-drinking and should be consumed within one or two years, while the more expensive versions are best consumed from seven to ten years of age. Shiraz in grown in several regions of Australia, the most famous being Barossa and Victoria.

Given the popularity of Australian Shiraz, some producers in California have labeled their offerings of Syrah as Shiraz.

Pair these wines with grilled and barbecued foods, game birds and roasts.