d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre 2015, McLaren Vale, Australia

2015 vintage – Grenache (64%), Shiraz (18%), Mourvèdre (18%). 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. Winemaking at d’Arenberg is very traditional and simplistic. The grapes used for this Stump Jump are from predominantly very old bush-vine Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre vines. The red wines are fermented in headed-down open fermenters. To get the right amount of color and tannin extraction, wader clad cellar hands foot tread the ferments. The skins are then separated via the traditional method of basket pressing then matured in barriques and large casks. The Shiraz offers dark plum fruits, mulberries and licorice with plenty of concentration, depth and velvety tannin. The Grenache adds a lovely lusciousness to the wine with raspberry, blueberry and floral notes adding prettiness. Finally, the Mourvèdre provides a perception of elegance and restraint through its lovely line of lovely red fruits with a hint of dried herb and importantly, a fine chalky tannin that carries all these characters to a long and wonderfully moreish finish.