d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The name 'Stump Jump' relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.
Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and pretty pot-pourri notes providing more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruits that are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and an under-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery and subtle on this juicy ready to drink red.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and open-textured, this is impressive for the way it packs in the cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors and doesn’t take the foot off the gas pedal until the mineral-inflected finish has played through. Drink now through 2018."
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 Review3.53.5 out of 5 stars
87 ratings, 25 with reviewsPatrick Rumley - Anchorage, AK48/20/2010This was a surprise hit among a group of wines of more refined pedigree. I would recommend as a versatile house wine that won't disappoint.OregonWineSnob - Beaverton, OR52/11/2010We bought 17 Wines from wine.com rated 90+, have drank about 8 of them, and this is the best, and unbelievably the least costly. (Please don't raise price based on my comment) One of the best wines I have ever tasted, and my wife agrees. Will continue to buy more.guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA410/22/2009A customer of mine gave me a bottle of this fine shiraz. I was skeptical when I noticed a twist-off cap instead of a cork. However, don't let that fool you. This is a very good Shiraz. It is very smooth and, at first, i found it too sweet....but, after letting it breathe, it was just perfect. It definitely is in the category of wines that wakes up your inner cheek with a richness of almost effervescent flavor. Drink it at 68 degrees. This is totally worth the $11 it costs, trust me. Just wish it had a cork!DORIS SILVA - Fort Worth, TX23/12/2010Not an big fan of this wine. It is very sweet.DF - Ithaca, NY23/6/2010I saw all the good reviews and ordered this one. But it's disappointing. Way too sweet and no character at all. But look at the price, I guess I can't complain.Mike Conza - Canton, MA41/20/2010Robust nose - earthy fruit tones jump out of the glass. On the palate, the fruit comes forward but the earth tones carry through in the background, with a hint of spice. Tart berries on the finish (which is short but fresh). Overall I find this to be a big, bold and balanced - a very nice Shiraz. I'm weeping in my glass as I write, as the vintage is no longer available - I wish I had bought more.311/28/2009I saw that someone called this sweet? To me, it is anything but! It is very harsh when first opened, let it breathe for a bit. It is nice for the price, but I have had better Shiraz for a few bucks more. Having said that, I will buy another case. It works out by the pool with grilled burgers, ribs, steaks. I see this as a wine to serve for casual entertaining.David LaRue - Dayton, OH311/21/2009I enjoyed this wine although I can spend a couple dollars more and get some Shiraz that I like even better. The screw top makes a great wine for that trip out of town when you don't want to worry about a cork screw. Better than most $10 Shiraz but you can get better for a few more dollars.Kim Broers - Puxico, MO211/6/200990 WS pts. is my baseline, but this was more grapey than I'd anticipated. The Liesingham Bin 61 Shiraz /04 was MUCH better.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/16/2010A very nice value Auzzie shiraz - bright, full of fruit, pepper and mineral tastes - great value and a great wine111/1/2010worst in vegasFrank Mascia III - Old Bridge, NJ410/25/2010this wine is a winner....and the price can't be beat510/13/2010I bought this for a friend and she raved about it's fruitiness and smoothness. "A light and wonderful experience".Old Grey Bull - Glade Valley, NC48/4/2010Rich, full bodied, smooth, nice finish, an exceptional choice at a below $10 price point. I've ordered several cases.38/24/2010I didn't enjoy this as much as the 2 Up or Yalumba Shiraz that we sampled that night.R. Rundt - Plano, TX44/30/2010Truly delightful shiraz. Smooth. Great tannins. Wonderful. Bought this in a trial quantity and immediately turned in an order for a case. Everyone will love this beauty.Toast - Accord, NY412/10/2009Don't really think it is a WS90, but for $10 is a good deal. A bit of sweetness surprised me.Sam T - Santa Monica, CA412/27/2009if you like a dollop of berry flavor then this is the best example of Aussie Shiraz for the price. great bargain wine.Lydia P Barker - El Paso, TX47/10/2010Good taste, not too full. Sweeter than I anticipated but not too sweet.311/28/2009ooops. The person who called this a sweet wine, was not here on wine.com I saw that when I did a google search.JWright - Salem, OR41/14/2010What a pleasant suprise on this one. A great lighter bodied Shiraz that WS has hit right on. This is a great bargain!47/27/2010My husband like this Shiraz very much as a basic wine with dinner. It's consistant flavor mixes well with many meals46/8/2010nice wine, good body, spicy, strong finishKiwipainter - Menlo Park, CA57/30/2010Big, smooth, bold but not rough. Well balanced with a nice nose. Just the way I like the Aussie reds. Great vineyard. What a simple pleasure.Richard Zerr - Puxico, MO41/13/2010This wine gives you more than you pay for in quality. It is not too "peppery "on the finish as some of the Aussies .