2017 Zonte's Footstep Violet Beauregard Malbec

2017 Zonte's Footstep Violet Beauregard Malbec

Recommendations

3 gold medals just for a start? Oh yes, this Langhorne Creek Malbec is a star. Not that anyone is surprised - Zonte's Footstep sure know how to make a delicious, vibrant and deliciously plump red!

Expert Reviews

94 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitThe wine combines fruit richness and spicy complexity, showing black/ blueberry, plum, hazelnut and mint chocolate characters on the nose, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that is velvety and expansive. The wine offers terrific fruit power as well as structure and length.
91 Points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front“It seems simple, fresh and fruity at first but as it breathes the frameworks shows through, in a good way. Thin sheets of tannin, fresh acidity, a general tidiness, a dryness to the finish. The back label suggests that it tastes of blueberry and blackberry pie: add mint and gunmetal and there you have it. It’s uncomplicated; it drinks well; it has just enough character

Tech stuff

Malbec
Zonte's Footstep
Langhorne Creek
2017
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2024
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Don’t say we didn’t warn you… every glass will jump out at you with the smells and tastes of fresh macerated Blueberries, raspberries, Mulberryand Violets with a hint of muddled mint; Yum!

How was it made?

The fruit for the Violet Beauregard comes from two blocks on a single vineyard in the heart of the Langhorne Creek. Primary fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and 5 tonne open fermenters after which the wine is assembled into tank and allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being pressed off. It is then transferred to new & well-seasoned hogsheads and aged for up to 12 months prior to bottling with minimal filtration. This results in a wine with purity of fruit that is unpretentious and eminently satisfying to allow for
regular indulgence.

Who made it?

Zonte’s Footstep is a proudly independent Australian wine producer established in 2003. Their grapes are sourced from their own, as well as their neighbours' vineyards, from regions that produce the desired expressive, varietal characteristics of the grapes grounded by the soil they are planted in. Located in the McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and further afield. The name comes from a mixture of things. In 1893 a vineyard was planted with Zante currant to produce table grapes for the growing population of Adelaide. In the 1920s the vineyard was replanted with wine producing varieties of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which were eventually used to make the first Zonte's wine. As a tribute to the journey of the grapes in the vineyard (and because you arent legally allowed to mention a grape variety unless its contained in the wine) it was decided to change the “A” to an “O” – ZONTE’S – sufficiently similar. Then in1999, the vineyard was purchased and a plan to plant Viognier, Sangiovese and other new and exciting grape varieties was undertaken. Whilst replanting the vineyard some large boulders with footprints were discovered from the largest known marsupial to have ever lived, the Diprotodon. It was this unique fossilised FOOTSTEP that cemented the name and the journey of Zonte's Footstep was begun. Their aim is the diligent pursuit of producing wines that reflect a sense of place, style and purpose.

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