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Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2021

Special Price $23.00 Regular Price $30.00
We are massive fans of Zonte’s Chocolate Factory Shiraz! This edition, from the near perfect 2021 vintage, offers black cherries, spice, iron, mulberries, coffee and lush chocolate (of course). It is mid-weight, yet with concentrated fruit and the milk chocolate twist brings a little extra decadence to your glass. Superb and beautifully polished on opening, it is even better if you have the time to decant an hour or 2 before drinking.
Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2021
Wine Specs
Variety
Shiraz
Vintage
2021
Winemaker
Ben Riggs
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now-2033
Bling
5 Gold Medals
Alcohol %
14.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Over the last decade and a bit, Zonte’s have regularly picked up trophies, medals and accolades for their wines, most of which sell between $25 and $30 a bottle. Pretty much every wine they make receives a significant accolade or a glowing review or 3. Their emphasis is always on quality fruit and never too much oak. The finished wines are always delicious from the moment they are released.
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

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#html-body [data-pb-style=FRIS3JP]{justify-content:flex-start;display:flex;flex-direction:column;background-position:left top;background-size:cover;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-attachment:scroll;border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0 0 10px;padding:10px}#html-body [data-pb-style=AF7ES7G]{border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0;padding:0}Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons ... Read Full Article
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Shiraz

Variety

Shiraz

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#html-body [data-pb-style=DKO01KE]{justify-content:flex-start;display:flex;flex-direction:column;background-position:left top;background-size:cover;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-attachment:scroll;border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0 0 10px;padding:10px}#html-body [data-pb-style=UCPVO1B]{border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0;padding:0}Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, ... Read Full Article
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Ben Riggs

Winemaker

Ben Riggs

Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep We often joke that there must b ...
Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep We often joke that there must be more than one Ben Riggs, that no one winemaker could have his hands in such a range of premium McLaren Vale wineries. And yet, after thorough research (we asked) he has not cloned himself. With 14 years making wine at Wirra Wirra alone, Ben's experience totals a quarter century of producing notable wines, including Penny's Hill, Tatiarra, and Cazal Viel in France. But his real love for McLaren Vale remains, and along with Tony Parkinson, he has crafted successful brands like Woop Woop and his own Mr. Riggs. With such a broad portfolio, Ben picks up awards ... Read Full Article
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Shiraz
Shiraz

Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines.

Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory "tertiary" notes such as leather and truffle.

"Secondary" flavor and aroma notes are those associated with several things, generally winemakers' practices (such as oak barrel and yeast regimes).

History

It is called Syrah in its country of origin, France, as well as in the rest of Europe,

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McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling.

The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill Range to the south. Soil type is varied, ranging from red-brown loam and sand to dark clay and the often-mentioned terra rosa. A misspell of the Italian phrase "terra rossa" (meaning "red soil"), this ruddy-red stuff is left behind when limestone breaks down, and any viticulturist will tell you it's great stuff to grow vines in due

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Ben Riggs
Ben Riggs

Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep

We often joke that there must be more than one Ben Riggs, that no one winemaker could have his hands in such a range of premium McLaren Vale wineries. And yet, after thorough research (we asked) he has not cloned himself.

With 14 years making wine at Wirra Wirra alone, Ben's experience totals a quarter century of producing notable wines, including Penny's Hill, Tatiarra, and Cazal Viel in France. But his real love for McLaren Vale remains, and along with Tony Parkinson, he has crafted successful brands like Woop Woop and his own Mr. Riggs.

With such a broad portfolio, Ben picks up awards with regularity. Twice named Bushing King (for making the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show), and winning the first two Great Australian Shiraz Challenges. His wines have also won best in show at the Sydney International Top 100 (1991 Wirra Wirra "Angelus").

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