I haven't tried any of d'Arenberg's high-end wines; they are out of my price range. However, the medium-priced d'Arenberg wines ($14 to $18) such as d'Arry's Original and The Footbolt Shiraz are some of my favorites from Down Under. The Stump Jump wines (Shiraz, Grenache and Shiraz/Grenache) are all about $10 a bottle, and I like the straightforward, fruit-oriented approach. The fruit is not exceptional; you can't expect that at this price point. But, unlike many inexpensive Australian wines, there is no attempt to hide flaws under a layer of new oak.
Deep and dark, Syrah-like./ Berries, spice and herbs./ Friendly McLaren Vale fruit presence. Not much, if any, oak. 14.5% alcohol but it doesn't show much. Finish is ripe and berried. There is a fairly strong herbaceous streak in this wine that is more like French Syrah with none of the thick, jamminess that's associated with Australian Shiraz
Sunday, January 23, 2011
d'Arenberg The Stump Jump McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2008
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