Zonte's Footstep 'Dawn Patrol' Pinot Noir 2016
Adelaide Hills, SA
Rich, tender, quack-quack. Good duck is just so good, eh? This glaze is just the thing to make it great.
Ingredients2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon sherry 3 tablespoons water 4 cardamom pods, seeds crushed (½ teaspoon) ½ teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed 1 teaspoon orange blossom water 2 ducks (size 18) 2 onions, quartered 2 lemons, quartered 1 cinnamon stick a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme
Method1. Warm the honey gently with the sherry and water so that it dissolves. 2. Then stir in the cardamom seeds and crushed pepper. As it cools down add the orange blossom water. 3. Wash and wipe the ducks. Remove the wings and necks and stuff each cavity with an onion, lemon, bay leaf, half a cinnamon stick and a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme. Use small skewers or toothpicks to close the cavity. Pierce through each duck with the rotisserie skewer and
Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog. It is considered a high rainfall region compared to other Australian regions, but outside of winter the climate is warm and dry. Night time temperatures are the feature - notably cooler than the day when the sun sets. Worth noting is how the average rainfall increases the higher you go, with Mount Lofty picking up 1400mm on the old splash-o-meter compared to 850mm just 10K down the road in Charleston. This range of moisture and altitudes results in a variety of soils, but in general are sand and clay loam over clay subsoils. A bit of shale and ironstone can be found, and the soil is acidic on average and rarely acidic.
The combination of climate and soil lends to superb cool-weather whites like Riesling (if you watch for mould), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and crisp Chardonnays. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon can also be found, with the grapes
Pinot noir (French pronunciation: [pinoˈnwaʁ]) is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.
Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.
Despite this, Pinot wines are among the most popular in the world. Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes Pinot noir as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet
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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