|d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 750ML
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. 5,000 cases imported. -HS
A medium rich ruby red appearance with a dark centre. The aromatic nose
is of ripe juicy red fruit mixed with notes of dark cherry, christmas
pudding, green and white pepper corns, plum and boiled rhubarb notes.
The palate is easy drinking ripe and juicy dominated by a mix of red
berries and savoury characters with lovely soft tannins and a edge of
acidity which complements the dry liquorice and herbal notes. Its
softness, balance of fruit weight and fruit tannins means it is
drinking wonderfully now. The more it opens up the more dark rich
concentrated fruit characters evolve.
The Story Behind The Name
The name "Stump Jump" doesn't relate to the English game of cricket
(jumping over the stumps at the end of the game), nor the breeding of
livestock held in the stumps but relates to the significant South
Australian invention - the Stump Jump plough. The plough soon became a
worldwide implement 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.
2007 will be remembered as the earliest start to vintage ever and also
one of the smallest.
While winter rainfalls were a third of normal levels, and yields tiny,
quality held up. The drought condition and a very cold spring leading
up to the growing season affected the vines fruiting capacity and
canopy development, resulting in reduced bunch size, bunch weights and
Just as vintage was to commence we experienced 50mm of rain which saved
our late ripening Grenache and Mourvedre dry grown vineyards. The rain
provided enough ground moisture to support the fruit in a stress free
state through to the final stages of ripening. This resulted in grapes
with concentrated flavours at lower levels of beaume ripeness with
excellent levels of acidity.
This wine is the combination of many individual parcels of wines that
flowed down from the many senior wines in our stable including parcels
from a range of new growers. Our red winemaking is very traditional and
simplistic. All of our reds are fermented in traditional headed-down
open fermenters prior to being pressed in our traditional
basket-presses, and then matured prior to bottling.more
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