d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
Earthy & Spicy
This is a great wine. It is extremely versatile in pairing with food, and is a good quaff on its own.
This is my favorite GSM blend of the Australian wines. Price is awesome for the taste.
Good fruit, not as much body as I expected
Earthy & Spicy
@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.
Earthy & Spicy
Beef, Veal > Breaded
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.
this wine is OK but a little thinner than I remembered.
Medium dry to my taste. Mild after taste.
Light & Fruity
surprisingly drinkable wine with light spice notes and a smooth finish
worst wine ever tasted - poured into sink
I 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!
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