Zonte’s Footstep ‘Violet Beauregard’ Malbec 2020
“It’s amazing! Blueberry pie and ice cream! I can feel it running down my throat!” – Roald Dahl.
The fruit for the Violet Beauregard comes from two blocks on a single vineyard in the heart of the Langhorne Creek, patiently fermented then aged in French and American oak for 12 months.
On the vine, the perfectly round, plump and violet-purple Malbec looks just like blueberries. Crush, ferment and pour into a glass and it smells like blueberries too. And, if it looks like a blueberry, smells like a blueberry and tastes like a blueberry, then Violet Beauregard it must be.
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, mulberry and violets with a hint of muddled mint. This is intense and vivid, mouth staining colour with blueberries on the nose, classic Malbec mulberry, red cherries, notes of cedar and wafts of violets. The entry is tastebud-poppingly juicy and super youthful with lashings of (you guessed it!) blueberries, but structured despite the lashings of fresh fruit, really rich and lush and flavoursome.
Best consumed without Veruca Salt or Augustus Gloop.
- Full, rich, smooth
- 750 ml
- 13.5% Alcohol
- Drink by 2024
- Red Wine, Wine
- Australia, Langhorne Creek
- Vegan Wine
- Zonte's Footstep
Producer: Zonte's Footstep
Wine collective Zonte’s Footstep, led by Canadian-at-large Brad Rey, produced its first vintage in 2003 with grapes sourced from their own as well as their peers’ vineyards. Their preferred regions were those that had reputations for producing wine with expressive, varietal characteristics and were located in the McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley. Hence the simple, but diligent pursuit of producing wines that reflect a sense of place, style and purpose with a personality (and a face) to match.
The origins of the name and the idea behind the brand comes from ancient history. From the 1893 planting of Zante ‘currant’ to replanting in the 1920s with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines are a tribute to the journey of the grapes in the vineyard. In 1999 a group of like minded wine buffs gathered together and purchased the vineyard and whilst re-planting with Viognier, Sangiovese and other new and exciting grape varieties, some large boulders with unique fossilised footprints were discovered, thus cementing their name and lending creative and historical context to the venture.
Nowadays the wine selection tightly focuses on Regions of Shiraz, the Mediterranean, Sense of Place and Limited Release and each wine has an accompanying ‘art story’ which makes the journey the grape has taken, more visual. All that aside, the wines are just fantastic!
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