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Brad Rey
 
2 August 2018 | Brad Rey

James Hallidays Wine Companion 2019

 

2016 Blackberry Patch - 95 Points
Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), Tempranillo (5%). All French oak, 10% new. Squeaky clean, brightly fruited, moreish. All manner of positives, not to mention value. It tastes of boysenberries, violets, fragrant/blossomy herbs and kirsch, and if you can stop at one glass then you're better than I am. It’s absolutely ready to rip right now. 

2015 Z Force - 94 Points
Shiraz (90%), Petite Sirah (10%). Matured in both French and American oak, 30% new, for 18 months. It’s a Z-Force of nature. This is a brute of a red; its dark leather, tar, blackberry and boysenberry flavours roaring through the palate in confident, if not authoritative, style. A swagger of tannin tops it all off. 

2016 Violet Beauregard – 93 Points
Violets, boysenberries, redcurrant and leather. Bright and characterful at once. Sweet and vibrant through the mouth, dry and firm through the finish. Mid-weight. In lovely form.
 
2016 Baron Von Nemesis – 93 Points ALMOST SOLD OUT
It hits all the right notes. It's an even-tempered shiraz offering a decent body of blackberry-and-coal flavour, a handy clip of toasty oak, a glimpse of raspberried brightness and just a good sense of balance all around. Nice one.
 
2016 Dawn Patrol – 92 Points
Stewed cherries, black pepper, beetroot, orange blossoms, sweet raspberry, flings of autumn leaves and spice - it's all going on here. Complexity is rarely so delicious.
 

2016 Chocolate Factory – 92 Points
Fruit is the hero here. Pure, dark, berried fruit, laced with licorice and splashed with salt bush. It's mid weight but it feels generous. It feels tidy and well-managed. It tastes good.
 
2016 Love Symbol – 91 Points
Vines planted in the '50s. No new oak (all French, all used/old). It's a light to medium-weight offering with dusty, sandy raspberry flavours, fennel notes and a layer of spice. Bright aromatics, juicy flavour, a sheet of tannin; it all works well.
 
2016 Lake Doctor – 91 Points COMING SOON
The mid-palate scrapes through by the skin of its teeth, but the finish is convincing and there's a real sense of structural integrity to this. It feels sturdy. It tastes of blackcurrant, cloves, toast and gum leaves and while it takes time to built momentum and volume it gets there in the end.
 
2016 Canto Di Lago – 91 Points COMING SOON
Sangiovese (75%) dominates the blend, lagrein only contributing 5%. It's matured in all (used) French oak. It's more powerful than the blend varieties might imply, its sweet berried fruit flavours tending to the dark side, its spice notes beating the woodsy drums. Assertive tannin continues the robust theme.
 
2017 Scarlet Ladybird – 91 Points SOLD OUT
Bright crimson-pink. Strawberry and cream flavours with flashes of spice and deeper redcurrant. Plenty of spunk, plenty of energy. Drinkability and balance; spot on.
 
2017 Doctoressa Di Lago – 91 Points  LAST 2 CASES! 
It's at the generous end of the grigio spectrum, in volume of flavour terms, and arguably that's no bad thing. Pear, musk, pink grapefruit and spice notes get an entertaining conversation of flavour going. Drink it while it's young and fresh.

Brad Rey
 
19 July 2018 | Brad Rey

Lake Doctor and Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks

 

INGREDIENTS

4 lamb shanks
Olive oil
3 carrots, diced
4 celery stalks, chopped
2-3 potatoes (depending on size), diced
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
800g crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
4 sprigs of thyme
2 dried bay leaves
1/4 cup plain flour
1 cups water
2 Massel beef style stock cubes, crushed
Salt & pepper

 

METHOD 

Step 1
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat.

Step 2
Place flour, salt and pepper and all four lamb shanks in a plastic bag and shake. Once coated, transfer lamb shanks to frying pan and cook for approx 5 minutes or until brown all over. This will seal the lamb shanks before you transfer them to the slow cooker.

Step 3
While the lamb shanks are browning, place the carrots, celery, potatoes, onion and can of tomatoes into your slow cooker.

Step 4
In a separate bowl add crushed garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire, red wine, 1 cup of water and crushed stock cubes. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

Step 5
Now place cooked lamb shanks on top of vegetables then pour sauce over the top. Season with salt and pepper and stir in thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Turn slow cooker onto high and cook for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

Step 6
Once cooked serve with creamy mash potato and a glass of Lake Doctor

Brad Rey
 
18 June 2018 | Brad Rey

A Platinum and SEVEN Gold Medals!

2018 Tastings.com World Wine Championships Results are in and we couldn't be happier! πŸŽ‰ 

πŸ† Platinum/96 points - 2016 Canto Di Lago, Sangiovese Barbera Lagrein (Upcoming Release) 


πŸ₯‡ Gold/95 points - 2016 Chocolate Factory, McLaren Vale Shiraz 
πŸ₯‡ Gold/93 Points - 2017 Baron Von Nemesis, Barossa Shiraz (Upcoming Release) 
πŸ₯‡ Gold/93 Points - 2017 Hills are Alive, Adelaide Hills Shiraz (Upcoming Release) 
πŸ₯‡ Gold/92 Points - 2016 Violet Beauregard, Malbec
πŸ₯‡ Gold/92 Points - 2017 Love Symbol, Grenache (Upcoming Release) 
πŸ₯‡ Gold/92 Points - 2015 Z Force, Shiraz Petit Sirah
πŸ₯‡ Gold/90 Points - 2018 Shades of Gris, Pinot Grigio (Upcoming Release) 

Time Posted: 18/06/2018 at 12:07 PM
Brad Rey
 
29 May 2018 | Brad Rey

What Zonte's Should I choose?

Often, our consumption of Wine is associated with food, special occasions, and family & friends.
Here at Zonte’s headquarters, we have developed the flow chart you have been waiting for to help make those decisions on what to drink and when, that little bit easier - but don’t worry, there are options for when there is no occasion at all, just simply that wine is delicious.

Time Posted: 29/05/2018 at 5:08 AM
Brad Rey
 
28 February 2018 | Brad Rey

Toastie and Wine Pairings


 
Here at Zonte's we are BIG on Food and Wine as well as food and wine pairings. A long day of Market Research*, led us to an intriguing Toasted Sandwich and Beer pairing guide. Obviously, we do wine and as such, rather than beer, we have matched our delicious creations with Wine!  


What better Team Bonding activity on Hump Day! 
 
WARNING – The following contains mouth watering content 
 
Bacon, Brie & Caramelized Onion – Yep it tasted just as good as it sounds! And even better toasted over your camp fire.  
Paired with- Bolle Felici Can  
Maker - Luci (the Understudy)

 


Ham, Cheese and Tomato - with the special edition of garlic and smoked cheddar, a seemingly simple sandwich was taken to an entirely new level. Yuuuumm 
Paired With – Doctoressa Pinot Grigio 
Maker- Alice (Image Enhancer)  

 


Mexican - Tomato, Black Beans, Red Onion, Sour Cream, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese and Crumbled Nachos. Essentially a taco in a sandwich, one word; DELICIOUS.  
Paired With – Scarlet Lady Bird Rose 
Maker - Lauren (Sheep Herder)  


 

Yiros - Lamb, Tabbouleh, Tzatziki, Cheddar Cheese on Flat Bread, toasted until lightly golden. Delicious, filling and moreish. Everything you'd want from a Yiros.  
Paired With – Love Symbol Grenache 
Maker -  Bel (Stock Stalker)  


 
Bruschetta - home grown Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. An open style sandwich, delicious and fresh.  
Paired With – Canto di Lago Sangiovese Lagerin 
Maker - Anna (Grape Counter)  

 

 

*Read as; Pinterest Trolling.  

 

Share with us your favorite toastie ingredients in the comments below. 

 

Brad Rey
 
13 February 2018 | Brad Rey

Love is in the Air and so is our Wine! Happy ValenWINES!

 

This season of love, what better way to have a good time and celebrate than sharing a bottle of wine. Here at Zonte’s Footstep we offer you our Love Symbol Grenache as a wine of choice.

 

 

Our Love Symbol Grenache has that warm touch that leaves an exuberating feeling to its drinkers. Just what we needed to turn our Valentines into ValenWINES,  which makes the occasion more relaxed and heartfelt, for couples, families  or even friends to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

All you need is LOVE and some good WINE! Happy ValenWINES! 

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Brad Rey
 
31 January 2018 | Brad Rey

Guide to the Ultimate Drool Worthy Cheese Board!


Just because the Christmas and New Years Eve festivities have come to an end doesn’t mean the induglence needs to end.

We’ve decided to share with you how we make the perfect cheese board - best enjoyed with friends, a view and a glass of wine in hand, of course!
 




For our cheese board, we’ve followed a few simple guidelines and one crucial rule; there aren’t any rules. 
Flaunt your culinary license.


Cheese for Sophistication
Ideally you want between 2-3 cheeses depending on the size of your party
Choose 1 (or many) from each category and pair with the acompanying wine

Fresh, Salty and Sour - Bolle Felici Prosecco
Delicate and Nutty - Scarlet Lady Bird Rose
Strong and Firm  - Canto Sangiovese 
Pungent - Baron Von Nemisis Shiraz

 
Cured Meats to Satisfy the Cravings
Select 1-2 cured meats that will pair well with the cheeses on your board and are also delicious by themselves

 
Bread or Crackers? Why not have both!
We Recommend Fresh Sliced French Baguette and Tuckers Natural Gourmet Crackers

 
Fruit and Nuts to complete the Food Pyramid
Roasted, Salted or Natural its up to you
Fruit should be local, fresh and In season

And don't forget a pickle and a paste for tang and sweetness!
 




 

Brad Rey
 
20 January 2018 | Brad Rey

Top Picks of the 2017 Crop


While we were off enjoying our well deserved Christmas and New Year’s break, our Wines were still hard at work.
Coming back to the office we were met with numerous pleasing mentions in the WineState 2017 Annual Edition, Best Wines of 2017.

 
From over 10,000 wines tasted, 8 of our Wines made the cut. But if it were up to us, they would all be number one. Here is what the Professionals had to say.  

Styles –  

2015 Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo, 4 ½ stars, ‘Oak-driven nose; spicy Blackberry elements underneath. Lovely elegant Blackcurrant and Blackberry flavours with firm tannins'

2016 Dawn Patrol Pinot Noir, 4 ½ stars, ‘Complex lifted aromas of red fruits, floral and oak spice. Lovely varietal definition weight and intensity to the palate’

2014 Z Force Shiraz Petite Sirah, 4 ½ stars, ‘A complex/savoury gamey combination of aromas. The generous palate starts fruity and sweet but finishes quite savoury. Still very youthful. Needs time’
 

New Releases –  

2017 Lady Marmalade Vermintino, 4 Stars, ‘Attractive Jasmine-like aromas and a lovely Pineapple-like freshness on the palette with some spiciness and a crisp finish'  

2016 Love Symbol Grenache, 4 Stars, ‘Smells of Raspberries and Cherries with a dash of Pepper. Quite hot in the mouth. Sweet red berry fruit flavours and simple tannins’  

2016 Hills are Alive Shiraz, 4 Stars, ‘Dense Blackberry fruit aromas; slight lift of spiciness. The palate is rich and clean with well-defined varietal flavours balanced by the tannins’

 

South Australia –  

2016 Doctoressa di Lago Pinot Grigio, 4 Stars, ‘Good lifted varietal aromas of Lime zest and Pears. The palate is long and elegant with a finesse of mineral citrus flavours and crisp acid’.  

2015 Lake Doctor Shiraz, 4 stars, ‘A soft and complete nose and a palate that’s elegant but also has some richness of ripe Bramble-like fruit character’ 

2014 Z-Force Shiraz Petite Sirah, 4 Stars, ‘Dark Brooding briary/black fruit bouquet and rich flavoursome palate with prickly tannins and warming. Slightly dry finish’.  

 

What a way to start 2018!  

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Brad Rey
 
17 January 2018 | Brad Rey

Wine Guide for Beer Lovers

Are you, or do you know a Beer drinker who is sick of drinking Beer?
Well never fear, because Zonte's is here!
With the Wine Guide for Beer Lovers, and just in time to get your orders in and delivered for all of your Australia Day Festivities.
 

 

Shop Our Range Here

Time Posted: 17/01/2018 at 4:29 PM
Brad Rey
 
20 December 2017 | Brad Rey

Christmas Menus

Planning a Christmas Menu that allows the food and wine to complement each other can be a tricky task, but never fear as the Zonte’s team is here to assist!

We believe that Wine is best enjoyed with Friends and Food. So, whether you are catering for 5 or 15 people, staying at home or heading to the beach, we’ve got you and your wine selection covered.


 

Menu 1: Ham is the Hero

Start with; A Spinach Cob loaf dip and Oysters Your Way
Serve with Bolle Felici Prosecco

The Main Course: Honey or Lime Glazed Ham
Accompanied by; A Broccolini and Mango Summer Salad and Vegetable Gratin
Served with Scarlet Ladybird Rose

Finish with; Rustic Pavlova with Seasonal Berries
Served with Doctoressa di Lago Pinot Grigio

 

Menu 2: Saving Time with the BBQ

Pre-Prepare; Prawns with Traditional Seafood Cocktail Sauce and Chicken & Feta Sausage Rolls with Tomato Chutney
Serve with Lady Marmalade Vermintino

Sizzle Some; Marinated Lamb Chops and Sticky Chicken Wings
With; Creamy Potato Salad, Coleslaw and Fruit Salad
Serve with Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc or Love Symbol Grenache


Enjoy; A Vanilla Semifreddo or Mango Cheesecake
Served with Bolle Felici Prosecco Cans

 

Menu 3: Feel Fancy

Fire up the tastebuds; with Homemade Dukkha, Dips and Fresh baked bread
Serve with Bolle Felici Prosecco

Place the Focus on; A traditional Roast; Lamb, Pork, Chicken or Turkey
And on the Side; Crispy Roast Potatoes, Green beans with Slithered Almonds and Pasta Salad
Served with Canto Di Lago Sangiovese

Impress with; A Spiked Trifle and Traditional Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Anglaise
With Dusk till Dawn Chardonnay


 

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