A couple from Down Under

  • 2007 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (12/26/2009)
    Peachy with honeysuckle blossom, ripe honeydew. Hint of oily petrol aroma. Finishes sweet. Quite nice. Off an “expensive” restaurant wine list in Vietnam it was $30 so if it is available retail in the US, it should be at an attractive price to stock up: it would go well either as a sipping wine at a party or with Asian fare. (85 pts.)
  • 2006 Jim Barry Cabernet Sauvignon The Cover Drive - Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley (12/24/2009)
    Huge candy monster. Blueberry flavored syrup, berries and cream, chocolate, charred wood. Some zingy acidity keeps it from being cloying but if served blind, I would have guessed this was an Aussie Shiraz, not a Cab. Just not my favorite thing to do with the Cab grape, but if you like this style, you’ll like this wine. (86 pts.)

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The stump jumps are actually an entire line of D’arenberg’s lower priced stuff, usually $9-10. I can’t tell which of the ones you are talking about, as they make both a reisling and a white blend that might fit your description. I had the blend recently at a D’arenberg dinner and it was a nice starter.

My bottle was the white blend as well.