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Zonte’s Footstep

Zonte’s Footstep
2023 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12% RS: .1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20
Best Buy

Zonte’s Footstep
2023 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12% RS: .1%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cassis leaf, gooseberry, jalapeño, and rosemary and grapefruit with a full body and a long finish displaying overtones of apple and pear, gooseberry, pickled pepper, and green herbs. Light and herbal with bursts of fruit; exactly what you expect from an energetic Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cassis leaf, gooseberry, jalapeño, and rosemary and grapefruit
Taste Flavor: apple and pear, gooseberry, pickled pepper, and green herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Light and herbal with bursts of fruit; exactly what you expect from an energetic Sauvignon Blanc.

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 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.
94 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Blackberry Patch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fleurieu Peninsula 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2023 Excalibur, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Zonte’s Footstep 2022 Love Symbol, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.