Each bottle of this wine sold helps support the work of Legacy South Australia.

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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, Peiti Sirah
Vintage :2012
Food Pairing :Pork, Beef, Chicken, Lamb

Bottle Specs

Bottle Size :750ml
Retail Price :$49.95
Bottles in Case :6

Technical Specs

Alcohol % :14.5
Aging :18 months
Sugar :2.5 g/L
Acid :6.2 g/L
PH :3.48
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:
- 77 ppm Total SO2
- 25 ppm Free SO2
2012 Z Force Tasting Note
Customer Reviews
Awards & Accolades

Double Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2015


95 points

Peter Muscet, Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, July 2015


95 points

Wine Showcase Magazine (April 2014)

“Superb nose packed with fruit and spice. Dark brooding colours in the glass with generous palate of red fruits and berries give the wine a silky mouthfeel.”


95 points 

Wine Genius (April 2015)

“WOW what an incredibly delicious wine… a tour-de-force indeed. Deepest black in colour with a profoundly energetic fruit profile, with soaked black cherry, mulberry and wild rose. Fully bodied and highly textural, with raw oak, cigar box overtones and tremendous natural acidity. Only time will tell exactly how good this wine is.”


94 points 

James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections (May/June 2015)


94 points

James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016, p. 755

“The inky colour reflects the single-vineyard blend of shiraz and durif (aka petite syrah). It’s all about raw power or, if you prefer, Z-Force (Z-Force was a specialist allied forces unit that operated behind enemy lines in World Ware II, specialising in guerilla warfare). Sombre black fruits. licorice and earth are the drivers, tannins present, of course, but not the least aggressive; the curious outcome is a full- bodied wine that, with the right food, is approachable now.”

2012 Z Force Award Sheet