Zinful is made in a fruit-driven, Primitivo style, similar to the way it is made in its homeland of southern Italy. Part of this process is to age the wine in old oak barrels so as not to obscure the wonderful spice and berry fruit characters. A lovely ‘with food’ style.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
The best value Zin in the countryis well crafted and textural, with layers of mixed spice, rhubarb, plums and fruit-cake taming fifteen percent alcohol. 93 points - Tyson Stelzer, WBM Wine 100
"This difficult beast to tame has cult-like status. Winemaker, Mark Messenger, has been working on the stuff for two decades in Australia and the USA, where it's quite a popular grape. This smells of classic red berries, light plums and fruitcake; some honey-soaked raisins too. The palate's big but not too heavy, with plenty of alcohol (nature of the beast), swarthy, loose-knit tannins and a heart of ripe red-plum fruit flavour." Rating 92 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012
"Winemaker, Mark Messenger, should know a thing or two about zinfandel from his time at Cape Mentelle. This one offers a little more than most with typical briary chocolaty fruit loaded with plums and dark blackcurrant but with a little gamey meaty character that adds some complexity and interest." 91 points - Ray Jordan, WA Wine Guide 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright ruby, purple hues.
High notes of sour cherry become pungent vanilla bean and coffee. Next, my mother's thick plum jam—still with the stones, beware! Then, mulberries dropping ripe from the tree. Chocolate aniseed shimmies around the glass, teasing spices into the play.
Enjoy anytime in the next five years.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy and Gold Medal - Geographe Wine Show 2011