2016 Hills are Alive Shiraz
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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 long produced Shiraz from most of South Australia’s iconic wine regions, celebrating our vast regional diveristy with this noble variety. Always looking for a “sense of place”, we searched high-and-low to locate a jewel (or should we say Julie) in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. One of South Australia’s coolest viticultural regions, the Adelaide HIlls produce wines of elegance, finesse and prettiness; lets say our Fair Lady.
The fruit for Hills Are Alive is sourced from hand-tended blocks in the Mt Pleasant sub-region of the far northen Adelaide Hills. Primary fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and 5 tonne open fermenters after which the wine is assembled into tank and allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being pressed off. It is then transferred to new and well-seasoned hogsheads and aged for up to12 months prior to bottling with minimal filtration. This results in a winestyle with purity of fruit that is eappealing 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: Deep garnet with a purple/blue hue.
Nose: Lifted red rasperries and Dutch licorice, hints of fresh sage.
Entry: A rush of plums and cherries with a hint of rhubarb. Middle Palate: hints of pepeer/spice, more plums and a dash of cocoa.
After Palate: firm yet elegant tannin melds with notes of rhubarb, cherries and plums.
Finish: A culmination of the afore mentioned flavours with a long, fine finish.
In Summary: The Adelaide Hills in this Shiraz are as magical as The Sound of Music! It produced a wine of elegance, finesse and prettiness; lets say our Fair Lady. Best enjoyed with friends, winter fare and a second glass, curled up by a crackling fire.
Grapes and sulphur dioxide.
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.
At the time of bottling (28.04.2016), this wine contained: -71ppm Total SO2
- 34 ppm Free SO2
Varietal Blend: 100% Shiraz
GI: Adelaide Hills
Alcohol by Volume: 15%
TA: 6.58 g/L
RS: 4.4 g/L
750mL: 93303910000572 . Dozen: 19330391000579
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Gold Medal/94 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine, New Release Tasting 2017