The other night I was preparing roasted acorn squash with maple syrup and pumpkin pie spices and roasting all sorts of peppers for a roasted pepper and cilanto purée for yummy cheesey quinoa. I fancied an accompaniment of something fruity and sweet, yet that had an earthy, spicy backbone. I figured a Syrah fit the bill perfectly, so I popped open Jelu Estate Syrah 2009. Jelu Estate [Jelu translates to “sun”] was founded in 2002 by New Zealand winemaker Duncan Killiner and his wife Rose with the aspiration of offering distinctive wines made from exceptional varietals that showcase the unique terrior of the Zondra Valley. They are firmly committed to environmentally friendly practices, they do not use herbicides, pesticides or inorganic fertilizers, and all of their wines are produced from organically grown grapes.
Dark red violet in colour, aromas of grape jam, cigar box spices and whispers of earthy autumn leaves swirled about in the glass. Juicy black cherry and blueberry flavours were supported by earthy roasted nuts and warm stones in the medium body. Spicy black peppercorn united with earthy leather, toasty oak and slight hints of candied cherry in the lingering finish. Velvety and easy drinking, each sip will keep you reaching for more.
Syrah [I could not confirm varietal percentage]
Estate Bottled by Bodegas Borbore, San Juan
Enjoy now thru 2013
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate