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4 August 2017 | Accolades | Brad Rey

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018 Results!

 5 Stars! 

"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

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