Jelu Zonda Valley Reserve Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Argentina, South America
Intense aromas of black olive, truffles, and bakers chocolate are followed by even richer flavors of the same, with some plum notes added in for good measure. The mouthfeel is so rich and round you might think the olive flavors come from olive oil in the wine. The length is hard to surpass even at three times the price.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Syrah Reserve Zonda Valley also spent 6 months in French and American oak. Purple in color, it proffers an alluring bouquet of Asian spices, incense, smoked meat, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. In the glass it displays a hint of chocolate, pepper, black and blue fruits, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give this outstanding value another 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2020. "
At Jelu Estate, they believe in the concept of terrior. That is why Jelu wines are made in different regions within Argentina to showcase the adequate climate and terrior characteristics, leading to extraordinary varietals.
Our Syrah and Torrontes varietals have a great potential in San Juan region, where grapes perfectly grow along the Zonda Valley. As the soil is extremely stony and sunny, we can obtain good maturation and concentration of the grapes, achieving dry and mineral flavors proper for Jelu style. View all Jelu Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.