What’s in the glass tonight July 1st – Shiraz


d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2012

Off Topic: d’Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012 – $$

It’s a new month. The year is moving on, but winter is still lagging behind, much to the chagrin of us skiers (the season was meant to start on Mt Ruapehu on the 2nd…). No matter what is happening on Game of Thrones…

And, in honour of the upcoming Game of Rhones celebration, and to take the edge off my working week, I chose a value wine from one of the featured producers – d’Arenberg.

D’Arenberg write on the label that their name pays homage to a significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough, designed to ride over stumps and roots saving time and energy. It is rumoured that the inventor of the plough had poor eyesight and required regular tests to ensure he could still operate machinery. The design of this label is inspired by an optometrist’s eyechart and serves as a makeshift sobriety test. If you can hold the bottle at arm’s length and still read the front label, you can enjoy another glass.

Deep dark ruby colour. 14.4% alc.

Attractive leafy nose, savoury notes, warm enticing black cherries and vanilla. It has a Rhone-like presence.

In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, with nutty black fruits & chewy tannins. It shows juicy acidity on the finish, hot and tannic at the death. Good length. This is drinking really well after four years.

88 Points

What’s in the glass tonight November 8th


Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2014

Blackenbrook Pinot Gris Nelson 2013 – $$

In the weekend I checked out an instore tasting of Blackenbrook wines hosted by proprietor Ursula Schwarzenbach. They are building a nice rep for aromatic white wines – I tried their current releases of sav blanc, gewurtz, chard, rose and pinot noir, but selected this wine for the table tonight…

Pale yellow in the glass. 14.5% and very long legged.

Lovely lifted aromatics. Hints of spice, peach and stone fruit blossom.

This is a powerful Gris. Loads of flavour, fresh, and really packs a fruit punch. Peaches, pears in the mouth, along with golden delicious apples. Honey and spice tickle the back of the throat. Long. Really good. 4+

This was awarded Champion Wine in Class at the Bragato Wine Awards 2014.