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We were very excited to see our 2015 Canto Di Lago in the Australian House and Garden September issue as a suggested pair with one of their featured recipes. (page 147 if youre curious)
Our Canto Di Lago is a fantastic food wine - especially when it comes to Italian food. Spaghetti and Canto sounds like a match made in heaven to us!
Here's the recipe!
Spaghetti with crushed peas, mint & pancetta
Prep 15 Minutes, Cooking 15 Minutes
- 400g dried spaghetti
- 50ml olive oil
- 80g mild pancetta
- 1/4 onion, finely chopped
- 50ml dry white wine
- 150ml chicken stock
- 25g frozen peas
- 1/2 cup coarsely torn mint, plus extra to serve
- finely grated pecorino pepato to serve
Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water until al dente, about 7 minutes; drain, reserving cooking water. return pasta and 2 tbsp cooking water to pan.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a frypan over medium high heat, add pancetta and cook for 3 minutes or until it begins to crisp. Add onion and garlic and saute a further 3 minutes or until tender. Deglaze pan with wine, add stock and bring to simmer. Add peas, simmer until tender, about 3 minutes, the remove from heat, season to taste and coarsley crush. Toss pea mixture and mint through pasta, season to taste and serve hot or warm, scattered with pepato and extra mint.
Pair with 2015 Zonte's Footstep Canto Di Lago Sangiovese Barbera Lagerin, $25 - Highly aromatic with snappy fruit, chalky tannins and bright acidity.
"Zonte's Footstep has been very successful since a group of long-standing friends, collectively with deep knowledge of every aspect of the wine business, decided it was time to do something together. Along the way there has been some shuffing of the deck chairs, all achieved without any ill feeling from those who moved sideways or backwards. The major change has been a broadening of the regions (Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, the Barossa and Clare valleys and elsewhere) from which the grapes are sourced. Even here, however, most of the vineyards supplying grapes are owned by members of the Zonte's Footstep partnership. Exports to the UK, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and China." (p. 755)
2014 Z Force- 96 Points
90% shiraz and 10% durif (aka petite syrah), open-fermented, matured in new and used French and American oak. McLaren Vale on steroids? That's cruel, but this is as full-bodied and intense as a wine can be before becoming a caricature. Moreover, it's the black ironstone fruit that's so intense, not the tannins or the oak. The consequent balance means this wine can outlive most who lay it down now.
2015 Avalon Tree Cabernet- 95 Points
95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% tempranillo from Blewitt Springs and Langhorne Creek, matured for 12 months in used hogsheads. The colour is deep and bright, appropriate for the deep, medium to full- bodied varietal fruit on the bouquet and palate. The firm, but fine, tannins are pure cabernet in taste and texture, and make the wine.
2015 Violet Beauregard Malbec- 94 Points
Open-fermented, matured in new and used hogsheads. Good colour; a juicy, bright fruit profile with damson plum the focus, black cherry in support. Good line, length and balance.
2015 Lake Doctor Shiraz- 93 Points
2015 Chocolate Factory Shiraz- 92 Points
2015 Canto Di Lago Sangiovese Barbera Lagerin- 91 Points
2016 Dusk Til Dawn Chardonnay- 90 Points
2016 Doctoressa Di Lago Pino Girgio- 90 Points
2016 Scarlet Ladybird Rose- 90 Points
2015 Hills Are Alive Shiraz- 90 Points
Adelaide hills has a more Syrah style – cool climate take on shiraz with the real key signatures we can get out of vineyards – that wild rocket leafy textural base, black olives - its not all just up front fruit, it’s a little bit more refined.
One of South Australia’s coolest viticultural regions, the Adelaide Hill’s produce wines of elegance, finesse and prettiness; lets say this one is our Fair Lady.
Now this is our kind of Doctor
Langhorne creek is where Zonte’s Footstep’s journey started back in 2003! The Lake Doctor Shiraz is the most Rhoneal in flavour – a real sort of fresh emolliated soil, earthy texture along with the fruit… lots of black berries and cream character to it. The Vineyard is on the shores of Lake Alexandrina where, each summer afternoon the house-cooling breeze of our ‘Lake Doctor’ arrives and revives vines and vignerons alike.
Thank you to Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine and Maaike Bouman for the images
The Baron you actually want to sit down and have dinner with. This shiraz carries on the legendary reputation of the Barossa, generous, flavoursome and full bodied. All the milk chocolate in the world just won’t do if you want something dark. Look out for dry cocoa, blackberry pie and sweet Christmas spice if you want to beat the Grape Counter in the Shiraz Challenge
Thanks to the Barossa Grape and Wine Association for the photos
As the name suggests our 2015 vintage boasts the iconic Chocolatey taste associated with McLaren Vale Shiraz.
According to the #CrazyCanadian It’s like taking a big chunk of black forest cake and shoving it in you gob.
Following the infamous chocolate flavour comes lush and decedent notes of fruit.
McLaren Vale is not only our home but also the home of our very own Chocolate Factory Shiraz.
Do you think you’re up for the Shiraz Regionality challenge?
This month at Zontes we have the ‘Tasting The Regions Dinner Party Game’ for $100 plus two of our brand new Zonte’s Footstep Glasses.
To help you out, over the next month we will be talking all about the four regions our Shiraz comes from and why we love them!
Let us know if you can beat our Grape Counter at her own game!
Photo thanks to: Langhorne Creek Wine Region Maaike Bouman, Barossa Grape and Wine Association, and McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism
92 Points • Zonte’s Footstep (Australia) 2014 Z-Force Reserve, McLaren Vale. Gold Medal
91 Points • Zonte’s Footstep (Australia) 2016 Lake Doctor, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek. Gold Medal
91 Points • Zonte’s Footstep (Australia) 2016 Baron Von Nemesis, Shiraz, Barossa Valley. Gold Medal
90 Points • Zonte’s Footstep (Australia) 2016 Chocolate Factory, Shiraz, McLaren Vale. Gold Medal
John* (name protected for privacy) contacted us just a couple of months ago, feeling quite disgruntled about our Z-Force wine. He was upset that we had named it Z-Force, as the unit’s official name was actually known as ‘Z Special Unit’. We were appreciative of this knowledge, but assured him that the wine isn’t intended to be named as the unit, but rather serve as a tribute to their service.
From this first point of contact, we have established a fantastic association with John to learn more about the Z Special Unit so that we are more aware about the background behind our tribute, through our Z-Force wine.
As he told us, it is sad to know there are no grave sites or memorials in Thailand for Z Special Unit, however, Kranji Cemetery in Singapore does have a number of sites commemorating these brave individuals. In particular, the gentlemen who were executed for their part in Operation Rimau.
John is still very much involved, as he continues to pay homage to the Z Special Unit in his daily life. He informs us that he will be in Thailand again this year (his tenth consecutive year), now in fact, where he is assisting the Australian Embassy there to lay wreaths (three Victorian Associations had asked him this year to lay wreaths) and also to escort wreath layers at Kanchanaburi Cemetery.
Prior to the mid-morning service today (April 25, Anzac Day), many hundreds of people would have attended the Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass. In John’s opinion, this is a 'bucket List' item for Australians and many other nationalities as it is on the Konyu Cutting on the Burma - Thai Railway line where the Z Special Unit servicemen also frequented.
We are so thankful of our association with John, and the knowledge that he gives us about the Z Special Unit. Thank you for sharing your stories and knowledge with us John.
With the release of our 2014 Z-Force (being the fourth release of this wine), we’d like to tell you the story behind the beginning of this label.
In 2008, we were approached by a digger based in northern Queensland who served in the Z Special Unit who commented on the similarities of our Zonte’s Footstep logo to the unofficial unit insignia they had used – a red Z with a black dagger through it. We sent a selection of our wines for members to enjoy, which were wholeheartedly appreciated.
The Z Special Unit was a special Australian Army unit created in World War II to operate behind enemy lines. Z-Force’s members were from many countries and specialised in unique guerrilla warfare. Although disbanded after the war, Z-Force pioneered numerous operational techniques and tactics, many as daring as they were brilliant; and they remain a model to this day.
We saw this as an opportunity for the beginning of a meaningful namesake – and we decided to name this flagship wine in tribute of the Z Special Unit – the Z-Force Shiraz Petit Sirah. As a part of this arrangement to name the wine as such, the digger asked that we donate proceeds from sales of this wine to an organisation he truly admires – Legacy. It is to this day that we have a long-standing relationship with Legacy, of whom we continue to support and sponsor where we can.
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