d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
The nose features plum and bright red fruits with a hint of roasted meats, earth, pepper and exotic spices. The palate has some wonderful delicate fruit with blackberry joining the party. A touch of dried herbs adds a savory edge with fine, lifted tannins providing a long finish. It's cracking wine with sophistication—but don't worry it's still a lot of fun.
Varietal Blend: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre
Australian Wine Companion - "It hardly needs to be said that this wine is ludicrously good value. Mid-garnet in colour, it has an attractive raspberry, licorice and sage bouquet, then a medium-bodied and succulent palate, with Provencial herbs drawing out the finish. It's a very good example of the Rhone-inspired style, and excellent for early consumption."
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 with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes 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 most-planted grapes of the region. 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 region 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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
25 ratings, 11 with reviews31/25/2013Reliable house red312/13/201238/15/201217/30/2012worst wine ever tasted - poured into sink35/14/201234/16/2012IgorG - Brooklyn, NY34/16/2012cfaust - Bolton, MA33/9/201252/24/2012
This is a great wine. It is extremely versatile in pairing with food, and is a good quaff on its own.31/21/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Considering this blend consists of mostly Shiraz & Grenache, I had thought it would be a bit sweeter, friuty. It is slightly bitter. I opened it for dinner with pork, better with beef/veal.John Alex - Brooklyn, NY31/21/201241/19/2012Good fruit, not as much body as I expected31/11/2012this wine is OK but a little thinner than I remembered.312/26/2011Medium dry to my taste. Mild after taste.412/23/2011susan little - San Francisco, CA512/10/2011T. Stark - Minneapolis, MN412/9/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
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@Jennifer FUller: You should not have expected a Rhone-inspired GSM blend to be light, fruity and sweet. This is a medium bodied, herby, and dry wine by definition. This wine is typical of GSM/Châteauneuf-du-Pape styled wines and is a great bargain.212/8/2011Luther Newcomb - Richmond, VA312/7/2011Jennifer Fuller - Eden Prairie, MN112/7/2011I suppose it is a good thing that I am not employed as a wine reviewer. I purchased this particular wine because of the reviews - hoping for something light, fruity, and a little on the sweet side. Unfortately, this was none of those. On the bright side, I have eight bottles to use as Christmas gifts!39/14/201138/15/201136/18/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
surprisingly drinkable wine with light spice notes and a smooth finish53/4/2011This is my favorite GSM blend of the Australian wines. Price is awesome for the taste.
- Light & Fruity