2013 d' Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz

Year: 2013
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 86
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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"Fresh herb and green, leafy notes are at the forefront, with fig paste and dried berry flavors lingering in the background. The tannins are dense and compact. Drink now through 2027. 9,000 cases imported. –MW " (WS)

Winery Notes:
The name ‘Stump Jump’ relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled “mallee” Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.

The Vintage:
A warm and dry spring and summer followed by further dry conditions throughout harvest meant a number of things. Firstly disease pressure was negligible, the vast majority of fruit being very clean. Secondly yields were down. Finally ripening happened relatively quickly. From a quality perspective in regards to reds, these conditions produced wines of incredible color and flavor. Dark, brooding wines with great volumes of fruit and layers of chewy, velvety tannin structure. Big, concentrated wines but beautifully balanced.

Tasting Notes:
A wonderfully lifted nose brimming with fruit pastilles, a mixed bouquet of flowers and spicy, white pepper. The palate shows an ample volume of fruit weight. Opulent, but checked by the powdery line of tannins that grow through the length of the wine, taking firm charge towards the finish. All the while, a raft of flavors ebb and flow, more jubes and spice, met by hints of Autumn leaves and fresh soil which add complexity and interest.

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