Zonte's Footstep is a proudly independent Australian wine company. We take our vineyards and our wine, but not ourselves, seriously. In 2003 we pooled old white utes and new-ish tractors to grow the best grapes from the best vineyards and the wines are now at the vanguard of a revolution of Australian wine styles.
Zonte's Footstep is named after a 19th century Zante currant vineyard, as new plantings follow the original footstep. The currant business dried up, but Zonte's Footstep became our blueprint...
All we want to do is taste our fruit in our wine, so we charged our reigning winemaker, Mr. Ben Riggs, with one goal; to make the best wines we can, true to vineyard and variety, so long as we make a bloody good drink!
"The truth is out there in the vineyard... but the proof is in the bottle”
Zonte's Footstep 'Z Force' Shiraz Petite Sirah 2016
Z-Force 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.
The fruit for Z Force is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Seaview Heights sub-region of McLaren Vale. Pepper spice, macerated berries and a hint of pink grapefruit on the nose. Rich and soft, with fragrant red fruits, lifted cigar box, and dark cacao. Though it will drink great now, especially with anything off the grill, our Z Force should cellar well as previous vintages.