d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2008
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
#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.
"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."
Rhone 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 $10
typical Aussie fare...good table wine -very smooth- will buy again
Very nice blend! The flavors really accent each other quite well!
Another very good Aussie blend for the money. Better than the straight Shiraz
four 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.
Nice light wine, pairs great with many foods, love the screw off cap.
d'Arenberg has hit the top 100 again with this inexpensive but impressive Red. Not overpowering, smooth, with a nice finish.
I 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.
This 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!
third time I've bought this....good value
My husband & I both enjoyed this wine. He likes Cabernets, I like a little sweeter/smoother, but this fit for us both.
I got more than I expected form this red blend. Light but very flavorful. Fruity & smooth. I immediately repurchased several bottles.
Was drinkable. Thinking as a red it may improve over a year or two. 90 for this wine seems a bit high. 88 or 87
I 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 $10
I 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.
Seems 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!
nice 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
This wine is excellent quality for the price
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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...
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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.
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The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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