d'Arenberg Stump Jump White 2010
Other White Blends from McLaren Vale , Australia
The nose is wonderfully aromatic with vibrant tropical fruit, barley sugar and a hint of guava. The palate is equally fresh and lively with zesty citrus characters of lemon, lime and a touch of orange. The Marsanne and Roussanne play a bigger role here with lovely stone fruit and honey characters coming through. This is a crisp and fresh wine with good balance, making it suitable to drink with or without food.
28% Riesling, 27% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Marsanne, 20% Rousanne
International Wine Cellar - "Pale yellow. Pear, melon and honey on the fragrant nose. Spicy, tightly focused orchard fruit flavors show good energy and are lifted by a bitter citrus pith note. Closes with good cut and decent length, leaving a peppery note behind."
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.
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