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2014 Z-Force Shiraz Petit Sirah

2014 Z-Force Shiraz Petit Sirah
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Shiraz Blend
Alcohol %
14.5
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SKU: ZF14ZFSH76DO

Z-Force is named in tribute to the Z Special Force, which was a special Australian Army unit created in World War Two 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, that remain a model to this day.

The surviving members of Z Special Unit last marched together on Anzac Day in Sydney 2010. The extraordinary bravery of their unit and its lost brothers are honoured in this wine, which is Zonte’s Footstep finest. Each bottle of this wine sold helps support the work of Legacy South Australia. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Shiraz Blend
Alcohol %
14.5
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The extraordinary bravery of the special Australian Z Force unit in WWII and its lost brothers are honoured in this wine, which is Zonte’s Footstep finest. Each bottle of this wine sold helps support the work of Legacy South Australia. 

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Z-Force was a special Australian Army unit created in World War Two 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, that remain a model to this day.

The surviving members of Z Special Unit last marched together on Anzac Day in Sydney 2010. The extraordinary bravery of their unit and its lost brothers are honoured in this wine, which is Zonte’s Footstep finest. Each bottle of this wine sold helps support the work of Legacy South Australia. 

2014 | Z FORCE
McLAREN VALE SHIRAZ PETIT SIRAH

The fruit for Z Force is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Seaview Heights sub-region of McLaren Vale. Primary fermentation takes place in 5 tonne open fermenters after which the wine is racked into barrels and allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being pressed off. It is then transferred back into new and seasoned hogsheads and aged for up to 18 months prior to bottling with minimal filtration. This results in a wine with purity of fruit that is unpretentious and eminently satisfying to allow for regular indulgence. 

(This is how late chairman Evans OBE made us all do it. Vale Len. Vintage 1930; Decanted 2006.)

Colour: Very dark, vibrant, purple with a dense red crimson hue.
Nose: Pepper/spice, macerated berries and a hint of pink grapefruit. Plum pudding and Christmas spices.

Entry: Rich and soft and fragrant red fruits. Somefresh tarragon and cedar characters complimented by dark cacao.
Middle Palate: Juicy macerated blackberries, tempered with the soft idiosyncratic milky McLaren Vale Shiraz sweetness and roundness and spike of red citrus and cranberry notes.

After Palate: Lush mouth filling with rolling soft, fine grained fruit tannin.

Finish: Choc-mint, cedar and intense blackberry and caramelised grapefruit zest. Minutes later, the flavour still lingers.

In Summary: Though it will drink great now, especially with anything off the grill, it should cellar well as previous vintages.

Grapes and sulphur dioxide.
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.
- French and American oak barrels (new and seasoned). At the time of bottling (21.03.2016), this wine contained: - 35 ppm Total SO2
- 93 ppm Free SO2 

Varietal Blend: 90% Shiraz, 10% Petit Sirah(Durif) GI: McLaren Vale
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
TA: 7.08 g/L

pH: 3.51
RS: 3.4 g/L
750mL: 9330391000374        6 pack: 9330391000381 

Pork, Beef, Lamb, Poultry

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P.O. Box 353, McLaren Vale, SA 5171 | Australia | T: 61 8 8383 2083 | info@zontesfootstep.com.au | www.zontesfootstep.com.au

2014 | Z-FORCE |
MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ PETIT SIRAH

Gold Medal/96 points 

Wine Showcase Magazine, New Release Tasting 2016 (featured in October 2016 edition)

 

 

Gold Medal/93 points/Cellar Selection

Tastings.com, Stellar Cellar Selections 2016 (published 06/12/16)

"Nearly opaque opaque violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and apricots, mocha, and butter roasted nuts with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long chocolate orange peel, vanilla nuts, and marinated yams finish with moderate oak. A satiny, savory, and somewhat cerebral shiraz with sumptuous fruit and subtle spiciness."

 

 

Gold Medal/91 points

Winemaker Challenge 2017

 

 

Gold Medal/91 points

Sommelier Challenge 2016

 

 

Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards Bet Value 2017

 

 

Gold Medal

AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016

 

 

Gold Medal/92 Points

Tastings.com (published 04/07/2017)

"Violet color. Creamy, funky aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee and chocolate mint and toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long berry jam on cinnamon toast, pepper, and nuts finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A sensuously sumptuous Shiraz that is sure to satisfy."

 

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