Zonte’s Footstep Z-Force Shiraz 2017




Z-Force is named in tribute to the Z Special Force, a special Australian Army unit created in World War II to operate behind enemy lines. Z-Force’s members were from many countries and specialised in unique guerrilla warfare, pioneering numerous operational techniques and tactics, many as daring as they were brilliant.

The fruit for Z Force is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Seaview Heights sub-region of McLaren Vale. The wine is aged in new and seasoned hogsheads and aged for 18 months prior to bottling with minimal filtration. Very dark, vibrant violet with a dense crimson hue, plum pudding and Christmas spices open on the nose with dried berries and a fresh lift of citrus peel. Rich and soft on entry with sweet macerated blackberries tempered by the spike of red citrus and cranberry notes, lush mouth-filling fruit with rolling soft, fine grained tannins, finishing with chocolate mint, cedar and caramelised grapefruit zest. Phwoar!

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750ml
  • 15% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2050
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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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96 Points
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2018


  • James Halliday

    90% shiraz and 10% durif (aka petite syrah), open-fermented, matured in new and used French and American oak. McLaren Vale on steroids? That’s cruel, but this is as full-bodied and intense as a wine can be before becoming a caricature. Moreover, it’s the black ironstone fruit that’s so intense, not the tannins or the oak. The consequent balance means this wine can outlive most who lay it down now. 96 points.

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