d'Arenberg The Stump Jump GSM 2010, McLaren Valley, Australia
Tasted October 2012
Grapes - Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvérde
Appearance - clear and bright, with a medium intensity ruby colour and clearly visible tears, viscous.
Nose - clean, youthful nose with pronounced intensity. Ripe and profound exudes ripe notes of black cherry and blueberry. Black chocolate, sweet spices like cinnamon, oaky vanilla and a warm meaty trace. Flowery touch of violet.
Palate - dry, with medium acidity level, medium plus level of rounded tannins, totally ripened but earthy, medium plus alcohol and a full body. The ripe character is confirmed with medium plus intensity flavours of ripe fruit, red cherry, blackberries. plum, fig, also the sweet spices adding liquorice to the whole, creamy notes and a hint of black pepper on the medium plus length.
Conclusions (16/20) - it is definitely good quality, typical of a hot region, shows rewarding amounts of jammy fruit, a fully ripe structure that's mouth coating and smooth. Lengthy, with sweet & spicy lingering flavours. A fun fruit bomb with velvet texture and very juicy. Not elegant at all but powerful and impressive. For me it lacks just a little more vivacity, but still there's a herbal raciness to support this weighty, sweet character, so my advise is to drink it as cold as a structured white should, temperature showed specially important in terms of drink-ability, if it goes up to room temperature it gets flatter and flatter. Ready to drink can't see it developing too much with age.