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Wednesday 8th March 2006

When in Rhone

Wine Blogging WednesdaysThis is my first entry for

Embarrassingly I’m very much a wine novice, although I’m hoping to become a lot more knowledgeable. Unfortunately though, I also have a limited budget to spend on wine, therefore I often stick to Cuisine Magazine’s recommendations for a safe bet. To me there’s nothing worse than forking out for a bottle and not being able to finish it.

So when Jathan of announced this months theme, “When in Rhone” and the list of varietals associated with the Rhone, I went straight to the lastest copy Cuisine. South Australia’s d’Arenberg The Stump Jump 2004 ‘jumped out’ (yes, I hear you all groan!), so off to the store I went. Described as a “Well worth discovering Rhone Valley-style blend of Grenache (50%), Shiraz and Mourvèdre” and given 4 stars.

The Stump Jump 2004

We paid NZ$17 at the local New World, and took the following notes.

  1. Eyes: Full Red
  2. Nose: Blackberries and Vanilla
  3. Mouth: A flavorsome red with berries and soft oak, firm tannins and tartness.
  4. Match: Homemade pepperoni pizza with BBQ sauce.
  5. Verdict: Very enjoyable, although possibly better on its own, the spicy pizza drew out the tannins and gave it a much longer finish.


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  1. […] First time WBW participant Bron Marshall got her hands on a bottle of 2004 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump blend, paired it with a Bar-b-que sauce laden pepperoni pizza, and enjoyed it. […]

    Winexpression » Blog Archive » Wine Blogging Wednesday #19 When in Rhone Roundup — Saturday 11th March 2006 12:51 pm

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