2016 d'Arenberg "The Stump Jump" Shiraz McLaren Vale

SKU #1387344 90 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive, with a fresh note of spearmint complementing the juicy core of plum and blackberry flavors. Herb, chai tea and cigar box elements linger on the long, expressive finish, where the tannins firm up but never get in the way. *Best Value* (MW)  (12/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium-bodied 2016 The Stump Jump Shiraz is another terrific bargain. No, it's not a big, plush wine, but it is a crisp, remarkably drinkable mouthful of Shiraz. Red plums and cherries are buttressed by enough tannins so that this can ably partner with weeknight burgers but not so much as to weigh down the wine. (JC)  (9/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 In d'Arenberg's fashion, this well-priced wine is simultaneously rich and approachable. The raspberry and plum fruit is ripe and lifted, backed by red licorice, mocha and a distinctive herbal, peppery streak. On the palate, gravelly, earthy tannins run along a herbal, savory spine, keeping the fruit from veering into jam territory. Instead, it feels fresh and brambly. *Best Buy* (CP)  (4/2019)

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
This is a killer value on great Australian Shiraz! The wine touches on a bunch of palate points and exhibits wonderful complexity. There's juicy dark fruits like blackberry and plum, earthy spice, with just enough acidity and tannin to provide solid structure and balance. This could easily become your next favorite everyday red wine.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2018 | Send Email
When you come across any wine priced at under $10, most of us wouldn't expect much in the way of complexity or intensity, just something cheap and easy drinking. This bottling, however, coming from one of the most respected producers in McLaren Vale, blew all expectations of a $10 wine out of the water. Surprisingly structured and crisp, this is not the fat and flabby style many people associate with Oz. Made mostly from very old bush vines, the Stump Jump does have concentrated fruit and a weighted body, but is accompanied by dusky tannin, and a significant amount of spice. McLaren Vale sits right on the coast to the south of Adelaide and the cooling ocean breezes and southerly latitude give this wine real breadth and freshness.While some would consider a $10 price tag to suggest an inferior wine, it would be a mistake to assume that of this wine. It is in fact truly delicious and shattered my expectations in the best way.
Top Value!

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

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McLaren Vale