2010 Zonte's Footstep The Love Symbol Savignin Blanc

You could be excused if you read this to be Sauvignon Blanc, or that it was a typo. All a bit confusing if you didn't know it was the French variety Savignin from the Jura region, a grape closely related to Traminer and not Sauvignon Blanc at all.

Most Australian producers do not use the Blanc on the label, leaving the Savignin to get people's attention and thereby lessening confusion. Pale straw in colour with citrus fruits and floral aromatics, this Savignin delivers crisp, stewed apples and minerals on the palate. It finishes soft, flavoursome and refreshing. A good example of this emerging variety to enjoy with seafood or on its own.

Until recent DNA testing proved otherwise, the Savignin grape was mistakenly thought to be the classic Spanish variety Albarino. Apart from the marketing nightmares, there was the issue of changing consumer thinking that it was neither Albarino nor Sauvignon Blanc that we were drinking.

One of the more original names for a winery, Zonte's Footstep in the Langhorne Creek wine region on the South Australian Fleurieu Peninsula, takes its name from a 19th century Zante currant vineyard that dried up with the present winery following in its 'footsteps'.
Langhorne Creek is regarded as one of Australia's oldest and possibly most underrated wine growing regions with the Love Symbol vineyard situated on a 40 million year old alluvial plain with the Savignin vines planted in maritime red sands sitting over pre-Cambrian era limestone.

That my wine loving friends makes the Heathcote Region's ancient Cambrian 'dirt' seem positively recent!

Source: Retail Purchase. Rating: 87 Points. Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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