Wine is fine: d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2008

25 Jan

Another great new wine from the Barriques Wall of 100 tonight which means two things – tasty and $10 or less.  This one comes highly regarded as one of my boss’ favorite new wines (oh, and its spot (#82) on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2009 doesn’t hurt).  After hearing nothing but gushing praise since its arrival at the stores, I took the plunge and grabbed a bottle on my way home the other night.  I’m 26 now.  Sometimes you just have to treat yourself.  Cuz I’m worth it.

Wine: d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2008

Vitals: 14.5%; 100% Shiraz; McLaren Vale, South Australia

Company line: “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.”

My take: opaque burgundy with ruby highlights in the glass.  Bursting with juicy, overripe blackberry and raspberries in the nose.  Dark fruits dominate the palate, which starts with a sweet berry flourish, transitioning into a lightly tannic dry and spicy finish that singes the sides of the tongue with its alcoholic brunt.  Juicy and ripe, this shiraz went down great with the punchy Italian beef my mother made for my birthday.  A whole lot of deliciousness for under $10.

One Response to “Wine is fine: d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2008”

  1. expatsteve January 26, 2010 at 9:57 PM #

    If you like the shiraz, see if you can get your hands on the grenache-shiraz-mouvedre. It’s definitely a different animal, but makes for a nice blend. Glad to see Australian wines getting some love.

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