2017 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
Zonte’s Footstep has been on a quest to grow the world’s best white varieties for more than a decade. Our ‘shining sword rising from the water’ moment wasn’t quite of Arthurian legend, but by misty dam early one vintage morning the first rapier-like cut of this Sauvignon Blanc inspired our Excalibur. Exquiste, varietal and moreish.
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Zonte’s Footstep has been on a quest to find and grow the world’s best white varities in regions that express the fruit’s best attributes for more than a decade.
Zonte’s Footstep has been on a quest to grow the world’s best white varieties for more than a decade. Our ‘shining sword rising from the water’ moment wasn’t quite of Arthurian legend, but by misty dam early one vintage morning the first rapier-like cut of this Sauvignon Blanc inspired our Excalibur. Exquiste, varietal and moresish.
The fruit for Excalibur is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Woodside sub-region of the Adelaide Hills. The harvested fruit is destemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks with only the finest quality free run juice being chilled to 5 degrees celcius to preserve the expression of the fruit. Fermentation takes place in these tanks where the wine is allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation if it occurs. It is then racked off gross lees and cold settled prior to bottling 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: Pale straw with vivid green hue.
Nose: Lifted citrus/pineapple notes with gentle citrus blossom highlights.
Entry: A rush of lemon/lime/white grapefruit peel crispness. Middle Palate: Refreshing, tart gooseberry and lemon curd with sublte minerality.
After Palate: A tangy, mouth-watering finish and trademark Sauvignon Blanc acidity.
Finish: Flavoursome and fine with crisp lines of cleansing acid.
In Summary: Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc is an exciting, fresh, food-friendly white wine. Although a great food wine, especially seafood, at Zonte’s Footstep, we drink most of the Excalibur well-chilled, on a sunny afternoon with friends and family... usually followed by a second glass!
Grapes and sulphur dioxide.
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.
Still to be bottled
Varietal Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
GI: Adelaide Hills
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
TA: 6.95 g/L
RS: 1.4 g/L
750mL: 93303910000091 Dozen: 19330391000098
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Winemakers Challenge 2018
"Adelaide Hills shows why it's a nice home for Sauvignon Blanc in an array of styles in this wine, which presents a more subdued profile than many examples from the region. There is a lees-stirred quality that gives a rich texture and tames the acidity slightly, yet allows the bright citrus and mild grass to speak clearly on the nose and in the mouth. Here's to variety within variety! A Platinum Award winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition."
Gold Medal/ 94 Points
Wineshowcase Magazine Sauvignon Blanc Varietal Tasting April 2018
China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards 2018
Sommelier Challenge 2017
93 Points (Gold).
Wine Showcase Magazine 2017
San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge
Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017
International Wine And Spirit Competition 2017
"Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aroma of white asparagus with a dry light-to-medium body and a carefree green apple skins and lemon oil finish. An easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc."