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Zonte's Footstep 'Shades of Gris' Pinot Grigio 2019

Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $22.00
Lots of pear here, juice and a hint of pulp too, along worth talcum powder and other goodies. Plenty of acid too and just the beginnings of textural mouthfeel. This is a lovely aperitif style now, with plenty of flavour and will blossom in the bottle over the next 3-4 years, becoming richer and honeyed.
Zonte's Footstep Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
Wine Specs
Region
Adelaide Hills, SA
Vintage
2019
Winery
Zonte's Footstep
Winemaker
Brad Rey
Bling
None yet but we like it!
Alcohol %
13.7
Size
750 mL
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 $18 and $25 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 and the finished wines are always delicious from the moment they are released.
Adelaide Hills, SA

Region

Adelaide Hills, SA

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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. ... Read Full Article
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Pinot Gris

Variety

Pinot Gris

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Winemaker

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Winemaker

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Mexican Ceviche
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Grab a crisp, dry and full-of-the-refreshing-flavours-of-pear PG to accompany this. The rich fruitiness goes beautifully with the down to earth flavours in tortilla and has a vibrancy that lightens the richness of the potato and egg, lifting it from comfort food into a delicious appetizer. The tortilla (pronounced ‘tor-tea-ya’) is served in most tapas bars throughout Spain and when done right, is potato heaven. The meltingly tender potato and onion, encased in eggy, olive oily goodness is mouth-wateringly irresistible and despite using only four ingredients, is a really impressive looking dish. It can be served at room temperature or cold and is perfect for appetizers, picnics or a light summer dinner. I have a tendency to overshare my exploits in the kitchen on social media and I think the tortilla has featured more often than photos of my children. The visual feast that is the simple Spanish potato omelette has caused plenty of virtual drooling from my friends –

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Adelaide Hills, SA
Adelaide Hills, SA

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.

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Elena Brooks
Elena Brooks

Dandelion, Sister’s Run, Heirloom Vineyards, Cien y Pico

Elena originally hails from Lyaskovets, Bulgaria, a small town famous for its wine. She is a qualified winemaker, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide and has made wine for various Australian Wineries as well as being a consultant winemaker to a number of leading wine companies in Spain, Italy and Bulgaria.

Born to a MIG Fighter Pilot and Helicopter Mechanic (both of whom happened to be involved in the wine industry in Lyaskovets), Elena's interest in winemaking stemmed from time spent translating for Australian Winemakers Stephen Bennet, David Norman, Dylan Rhymer, Kym Milne MW and others, who worked at her mother's winery between '93 and '98.

With Stephen Bennet’s support and her family’s encouragement, Elena made the move to Australia and started studying winemaking at Adelaide University in 1998, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology). (Elena’s mum was

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