7/03/2014

Quick Sip: Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor 2010 Shiraz

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor 2010 Shiraz from the Fleurieu Peninsula wine region of South Australia. Shiraz, which rhymes with pizzazz, and at times packs it, is Australia’s workhorse grape variety. It’s expressed both as a single varietal wine and also plays nicely with other grapes in some of the region’s Shiraz-based blends. Stylistically, Shiraz/Syrah is capable of producing a pretty diverse range of wines, from fresh and easy-drinking with added richness, to full-bodied, concentrated, ripe, and long-lived. This wine falls in the middle of the two, leaning more towards the easy-drinking style. At $16.99, it’s reasonably priced, offers good value, and is below the suggested retail price of $24. For further information and where you can find this Shiraz, please see my tasting notes below.

Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor 2010 Shiraz
Review: Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor 2010 Shiraz (SRP $24): Deep ruby in color, this Shiraz exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, blackberries, sweet fruitcake, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, and an underlying underbrush component. In the mouth, it’s smooth and round with a broad, velvet-like texture, understated acidity, and melted tannins. There’s a nice savory lift on the finish, which I’ll attribute to the 5% splash of Viognier. Overall, this is a pleasing, under $20 Shiraz from ‘Down Under ' for everyday drinking.  It’s nice on its own and will pair well with foods like a meaty pizza, gourmet burgers, or Asian-glazed short ribs. For the price, this satisfying bottle may well be just what the doctor ordered! Region: Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia. (Other info: ABV 14%, screw cap enclosure). 88 Points.

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