d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2005

Stump Jump RedPrice: $8
Maker: d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Our Rating: 9 out of 10

d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2005 was another find on my Trader Joe’s expedition, and the second winner in a row. This is a big, bold, spicy red wine that Shiraz and Zinfandel lovers will enjoy. The nose is a powerful mix of spice and licorice. On the palate, this wine starts with juicy currant and plum, and finishes with chewy tannins and long-lasting pepper. It’s well-balanced and moderately complex. I admit to favoring bold reds, and this one hit my sweet spot.

The Stump Jump Red is a blend of Grenache (46%), Shiraz (34%), and Mourvedre (20%), all from South Australia. It won a “blue-gold” medal in the 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition, meaning it finished in the top 10% of wines tasted. Gourmet Traveller Wine named it a “Best Buy Under $15.” In the blogosphere, Dr. Debs at WineWaves said, “Enjoy small batch wine at a big batch price… always a winner.” The Rake found it drinkable and ultra-smooth. Mouthwatering recommends the wine to accompany their Chicken and Chorizo Cassoulet recipe. The Screwcap thought, “This is a round and earthy Australian wine with a nice long finish. Shows sweet characteristics of shiraz/grenache tempered nicely by the gamier mouvedre. Good stuff.” Tastes of Life liked Stump Jump’s fruity character and proclaimed it a “nice wine for the price.” Scriven Stuff declared it, “My newest favorite wine under $15.” It’s not that common to see such a high percentage of accolades; usually, a wine will be called “undrinkable plonk” by at least one or two bloggers. Give The Stump Jump Red a try and see if you agree.

2 thoughts on “d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2005”

  1. This has become my own “house” red. Dinner guests often snicker at the name and the screw top but are invariably impressed with the taste. I pay $11.00 a bottle at my local wine store, and I can’t imagine a much better bang for the buck.

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