Jelu Zonda Valley Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Argentina, South America
Deep purple-black in color, with heady aromas of red cherries and black pepper. The palate is rich and inviting with ripe forest fruits and sweet smoky, mineral flavors typical of the terroir.
The Wine Advocate - "Jelu’s 2009 Syrah Zonda Valley spent 6 months in French and American oak. Notions of spice box, mint, game, and blueberry inform the nose of a supple, savory, sweetly-fruited, friendly wine that offers outstanding value. Drink this nicely proportioned effort over the next 3-4 years."
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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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