Thursday, March 11, 2010

2008 The Stump Jump Red - No Food Required

OK, I get it!


To get back on track, lets start with an Aussie Red that is easy on the pocket book and vibrant in the mouth.

D’Arenberg is wonderful winery located in the infamous Mclaren Vale of Southern Australia. The winery has a long history that began in the early 1900’s. Most of the wines from d'Arenberg are in the mid-priced range with some vintages fetching 100’s of dollars. This review is of their younger sibling.

The wine I will be writing about today is in the lower end of the price spectrum, but on the upper end of the taste scale.

The Stump Jump Red 2008
($14.95 at the LCBO, $10.00 in the US)

The Review
My rating is 88 out of 100

The name “Stump Jump” is derived from an Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough was adopted worldwide because it was able to ride over stumps and roots saving the farmer lots of frustration. It was a huge hit in late 19th Century.

As the name “Red” implies it is blend of 3 grapes, Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre (Rhone blend).

In the glass, this wine had a dark purple hue with a touch of red. It was a bit shocking to me, that the nose was not as big as I would have expected for a wine of this blend and this colour (never judge a book by it’s cover).

My first glass was consumed right away. I would pin this wine a medium bodied red with a small nose. The initial taste was sweet with a hint of tart. I also detected some saddle leather and a touch of oak (just the right amount).

As with most wines, it definitely got better with a bit of air. This wine greatly improved after a 2 hour decant. At first I would have rated this wine as an 86, but with the right amount of air, it jumped up to an 88. It became more balanced and the tannins mellowed a bit.

If you are looking for a good medium bodied wine that does not have to be consumed with food (i.e. just a drink in the evening), check this one out. All I would suggest you do is listen to some music while drinking this Aussie Red.

Good value and easy drinking. Try it!

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