d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2008
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
#63 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The 2008 Stump Jump Red has a nose of ripe and juicy red fruits and fresh plums mixed with dark cherry, rhubarb and cardamon. The palate is soft and generous, with juicy fresh red berries, mulberry and a hint of pomegranate. Underlying is a more subtle layer of plum stone, star anise and cinnamon which adds complexity and interest, with soft powdery tannins to finish.
Wine Spectator - "Light in texture and fragrant with floral, berry and beet aromas, this plays its fresh flavors against refined tannins, lingering effortlessly. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2013. 5,000 cases imported."
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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28 ratings, 19 with reviewsantiqueart - Birmingham, AL49/10/2010typical Aussie fare...good table wine -very smooth- will buy again410/26/2010Rhone blends are my favorite and I'm usually very critical but this Aussie GSM rivals a number of it's French counterparts at a much lower price. With a lot of these blends the lack of acidity makes the wine fall flat but this one has all the needed complexity; it's not oftern you find a wine that is light and fruity yet still full bodied, especially at $10Abcd - Washington, DC41/3/2011Imewine - Harrisburg, PA39/11/2010Good light wine.Bradley Herlein - Riverview, FL32/14/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL17/1/2011Ira - Quakertown, PA16/8/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT16/7/2011franklin baker - Cincinnati, OH55/14/2011CHeryl Cosky - Colorado Springs, CO42/3/2011Nice light wine, pairs great with many foods, love the screw off cap.Amy R - Zephyrhills, FL51/1/2011Very nice blend! The flavors really accent each other quite well!John Frost - Jacksonville, FL412/30/2010d'Arenberg has hit the top 100 again with this inexpensive but impressive Red. Not overpowering, smooth, with a nice finish.412/21/2010I loved the companion shiraz, but this "red" is so smooth and rich, it deserves WS top 100 rating. The cost is a gift, so take advantage. Because of the inexpensive cost, a great wine to share with many friends.tenacean - Jefferson, MD412/11/2010This is a wine that surprised me. I'm not typically a great fan of any of the varietals blended in this wine but tasting it made me a believer. Rather than the typical cough syrup taste I anticipated the wine too a turn toward sweet fruit instead. Just a very tasty wine that should appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. Overall this wine is extremely user friendly but not a 90 wine in terms of complexity or length of finish. My score - a very strong 89...enjoy!Richard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO512/2/2010Another very good Aussie blend for the money. Better than the straight Shiraz45/6/2010I got more than I expected form this red blend. Light but very flavorful. Fruity & smooth. I immediately repurchased several bottles.Lush in Texas - Katy, TX43/13/2010Seems to be a matter of good, better, best. This one is a great bottle of wine to drink everyday. Accessible, just a pure delight. An absolute bargain at this price. The only reason I'm even posting this is I've already ordered a whole lot more for me!David Maurer - Pevely, MO44/12/2010I liked it wife didn't. I will buy this wine again if i don't find another red we both like. Not a cellar keeper for us.44/24/2010I wasn't expecting much but this was really good, light but still has enough of a finish to drink with a heavy meal. Great value at $10Frank Mascia III - Old Bridge, NJ48/4/2010third time I've bought this....good value46/1/2010My husband & I both enjoyed this wine. He likes Cabernets, I like a little sweeter/smoother, but this fit for us both.42/8/2010This wine is excellent quality for the priceRachel Mercer - Prosser, WA54/9/2010four the past four vintages I've been a fan--every year it actually seems to be getting better. usually a winery that makes a value-priced blend tends to get a tad over-produced OR one doesn't notice subtle changes therefore the wine becomes boring. Not here. Great wine, juicy with a touch of earthy backbone. Beautiful food wine--not too powerful for some lighter dishes. Excellent example of great Aussie wines.45/1/2010Was drinkable. Thinking as a red it may improve over a year or two. 90 for this wine seems a bit high. 88 or 8742/25/2010nice blend / fruit forward and complex also soft tannins and acidity.Safe to buy a case, rated 90 by WS for a reason. Great Buy @ 14.99 P.S. Im big on vintages have only tried 2008
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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