Pepper/spice | Plum pudding | Christmas spices
A wine with purity of fruit that is unpretentious and eminently satisfying to allow for regular indulgence.
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.
|Region :||McLaren Vale|
|Food Pairing :||Beef, Venison, Lamb|
|Bottle Size :||750ml|
|Retail Price :||$55.00|
|Bottles in Case :||6|
|Alcohol % :||15|
|Aging :||24 Months|
|Sugar :||3.6 g/L|
|Acid :||6.77 g/L|
|Oak :||Seasoned Hogshead|
|Harvest Date :||17th February 2015|
|Ingredients :||Grapes and Sulphur dioxide. |
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.
- French and American oak barrels (new and seasoned).
Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards
2018 Gold Medal
AWC Vienna 2018
Double Gold Medal
James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
“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.”
Critics Challenge 2018
2018 World Wine Championships – Tastings.com
International Wine Challenge 2018
San Diego Wine & Spirits Competition 2018
Robert Whitley 27/03/2018 – San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge 2018
“This is an unusual blend for Australia but Zonte’s Footstep nails it. They’ve managed to tame the aggressive tannis of the petite sirah grape and the combination of petite with syrah in this expression soars. Loads of Blueberry and red-fruit notes, spicy, with impressive length and very long finish. A stunning wine. Also a platinum award-winner at the 2018 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge.”
CWSA best Vale 2018
Tastings.com World Wine Championships 2017
Wine Showcase Magazine “New Release Tasting” April 2018 Edition.
Wine Showcase Magazine “Shiraz/Varietal Tasting” April 2018 Edition.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2018
International Wine And Spirit Competition 2017
Winestate Magazine – New Releases 2018 – Equal Top in category/ Eligible for WIne of the Year.
2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
Winestate Magazine Review – New Release 01/06/2018
“Powerful aromas of ripe dark red fruits layered with vanillin oak. Great palate; soft and round and full bodied with a strong tannin structure and mouthfilling blackcurrant and plum flavours.”
92 Points/Exceptional/Cellar Selection
“Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berries and halva, coconut cream pie, and blueberry custard with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long orange marmalade on raisin toast, buttery spiced toffee, topical fruit punch, and peppery crystallized ginger finish with fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, spicy palate-stimulating red blend destined to please.”
Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah XIII Wine Show 2018
Korea Wine Challenge 2018
James Halliday’s Red Hot & rated 01 Nov –
“Matured in both French & American oak. 30% new, for 18 months. It’s a Z-Force nature. This is a brute of a red, its dark leather, tar, blackberry and boysenberry flavours roaring through the palate in confident-if-not-authoriative style. A swagger of tannin tops it all off.”
Winestate Magazine ‘Best of South Australia’ 2019 Edition 5 Stars – Winestate Magazine ‘Best of Varietal/Style’ 2019 Edition