d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
The name 'Stump Jump' relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jumpplough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of itsability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable timeand resources by not stopping the draught horse.
Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and pretty pot-pourri notesproviding more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruitsthat are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and anunder-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery andsubtle on this juicy ready to drink red.
d'Arenberg is one of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and other Rhone varieties that have historically defined the region. A century on, their vineyards have grown to some 450 acres in McLaren Vale, including Shiraz dating back to d'Arenberg's first plantings in 1912, and nearly one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush-vine Grenache. Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, recently converted all of the family's vineyards to organics and biodynamics and moved to solar energy in the winery. All the while, in terms of winemaking, not much has changed--all the wines are basket-pressed, the reds foot-trodden during fermentation; everything is done in small batches, leading to an impressive array of bottlings every year, each showing a different facet of McLaren Vale terroir. Having been inducted into Wine & Spirits Magazine's Hall of Fame for earning a place on its Top 100 Wineries nine times, this accolade is a reflection of d'Arenberg's revered reputation worldwide.