d’Arenberg The Stump Jump 2008

by Jacob

I am always in the market for a good red blend that is different from the classic Bordeaux or meritage blends.

While the Australian wine market has been hit hard by the current economic climate, the Australians continue to do an excellent job of growing noble grapes and making them their own.  This wine, the Stump Jump from d’Arenberg is no exception. A classic Rhone-style blend of Grenache (42%), Shiraz (36%), and Mourvedre (22%).

A light garnet in the glass, it exhibits ripe fruit on the nose and on the palate with a hint of spice from the Shiraz.  It also shares some of the classic characteristics of Mourvedre,with hints of plum and berries (from the Grenache).

Overall, I really enjoyed this wine and find it to be a good compliment to a number of dishes, including chocolate, meats, and pizza.  (Rating ****1/2).

It can be purchased at Rodman’s in the Washington, DC and Sugarloaf Wine Cellars in Germantown, MD among other places. I bought it at Sugarloaf for $6.50.  (It retails for about $10, but I had a 40% off coupon).

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