The Stump Jump – Shiraz is a fantastic wine from one of my favourite wine producers, d’Arenberg, based in the McLaren Vale, South Australia. It is very drinkable with or without food. I found it smooth, full bodied, fruity, slightly spicy and very tasty. To date I have not had a wine from d’Arenberg that I have not whole-heartedly enjoyed, which is remarkable!

The Stump Jump Shiraz – in their words:

“The name ‘Stump Jump’ pays homage to a significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. As well as clearing the land around McLaren Vale, it was adopted worldwide in the late 19th century because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled roots, saving valuable time and energy.”

“The nose is chock-full of fresh blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate sprinkled with spices. The palate is fresh and juicy, ripe red fruits mix with plums, blackcurrant, flowers and a twist of black pepper. The tannins are fine with d’Arenberg’s trademark earthiness helping keep this easy going wine in check.” (Source: d’Arenberg)

It is not branded with their usual, trademark red stripe so I very nearly overlooked it when it was on offer in The Village, in Muswell Hill. But I’m glad that I did spot my error and try a glass. I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of bottles and fully enjoy them and would recommend you to try one too!

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