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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 Analysis

Wine Specs

Region :McLaren Vale
Varietal :Shiraz
Vintage :2013
Food Pairing :Pork, Beef, Chicken, Lamb

Bottle Specs

Bottle Size :750ml
Retail Price :$55.00
Bottles in Case :6

Technical Specs

Alcohol % :14.5
Aging :18 months
Sugar :3.0 g/L
Acid :6.9 g/L
PH :3.46
Oak :French and American oak barrels (new and seasoned)
Ingredients :Grapes and sulphur dioxide.

Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- Yeast nutrients.
At the time of bottling, this wine contained:
- 103 ppm Total SO2
- 39 ppm Free SO2
2013 Z Force Tasting Note
Customer Reviews
Awards & Accolades

Trophy & Double Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016

94 points

James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017. P. 754-755

“85% shiraz, 15% petite sirah from McLaren Vale, open and closed fermenters, matured for 18 months in new and used hogsheads. Deep, gleaming inky purple; all about hedonism: this bypasses the head, travelling through the heart and establishing a lasting friendship with the stomach. It’s the outcome of some very clever winemaking.”

93 points

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 1st September 2016, thewinefront.com.au

“85% shiraz, 15% petit sirah from McLaren Vale. One for the lovers of a Big Red. It’s a hulking wine. High alcohol, high impact, the throttle pulled out. Asphalt, toast, dark chocolate and blackberry, with saltbush notes infused throughout. Plenty of tannin, both grainy and ripe; grunty. A warm-the-cockles style but with a hard-stare seriousness. You have to excuse a bit of alcohol warmth and prefer your reds to be on the old-school side of town, but in that light this packs an impressive punch.”

Gold medal/93 points

Tasting world wine championships

Black garnet colour. Lively, savoury aromas and flavours of roasted peppers, dried mulberries, leather, and hung game with a satiny, lively dryish medium-to-full-body and a smooth, complex, long pomegranates, over dried tomato, crème brulee, and nuts and cedar finish with well- integrated, chewy earthy tannins and moderate oak. A seriously poise and structured shiraz blend that drinks like an old world Rhone wine.

92 points

James Suckling 3rd February 2016, www.jamessucking.com
“A bold and rich red that marries these two compatible varieties effortlessly. Plenty of dark cassis and blood plum, chocolate, mocha and liquorice, gently peppery too. It’s a big wine. Drink now 91 Points – Tastings.com 20/04/2015 Nearly opaque black violet colour. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of toffee and black raspberry torte with a silky, lively, drying medium-to-full body and a warming , complex, medium-long spiced nuts, herb roasted root vegetables, pomegranate, and bacon finish with well integrated tannins. A supple, enticingly dry red blend that will pair well at the table

Gold Medal/92.2 Points

AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2015

Gold Medal

Winemaker Challenge 2015

Gold Medal

The Global Syrah Masters 2016

Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015 and 2016

Gold Medal/91 points

Critics Challenge 2016

Gold Medal

Melbourne International Wine Competition 2015

Gold Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015

Gold Medal/91 points

Tasting World Wine Championships 2015

Gold Medal

Japan Wine Challenge 2015

Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2015


2013 Z Force Award Sheet