Wine of the Week: D’Arenberg Stump Jump White McLaren Vale 2008

Stump Jump White 2008

Granted it’s a long name.  But it’s a great wine, made from a pretty interesting combination of Riesling (55%) Sauvignon Blanc (17%) Marsanne (16%) Roussanne (12%).  If you think about it, that’s three wine regions and potentially a dozen or more countries, but it all comes from the McLaren Vale region of Australia.

The wine is named for the unique plough that can ride over – but not get stuck in – the stumps and gnarled roots often found in this area.

Now let’s get down to the wine itself…It’s got a great nose that comes mostly from the Riesling, but on the palate you get crispness from the Sauvignon Blanc, minerality from the Marsanne and Roussanne, and nice peach, melon, and citrus flavors.

This is one of the wines we enjoyed in June Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and it so impressed me that, as the summer wanes, I hope you’ll all give it a try.

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