The 2011 The Stump Jump GSM is a blend of 46% Grenache, 39% Shiraz and 15% Mourvedre (also known as Mataro or Monastrell) sourced from older vines in several vineyards located in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. The Stump Jump, the name refers to a horse-drawn plow that was invented in the region, is one of d’Arenberg’s (a family owned winery since 1911) value priced wines. A GSM is the quintessential wine blend of the southern Rhone Valley in France. The Stump Jump is aged in used French and American oak barrels and large oak casks. Used barrels have less oak influence to impart into the wine and large casks have less surface area in contact with the wine, so the blend has some oak conditioning and flavoring, but probably will not improve a great deal with aging. The alcohol contact is 14.4%.
The color is black cherry jelly red with an almost clear halo. The nose is a mix of cherry and blueberry, with Thanksgiving herbs, black pepper and spearmint gum. On first sip, this is a full-bodied, smooth and complex wine. It tastes of plums, black pepper, herbs, blackberry and licorice. The mid palate adds a mild slap of spice, raspberry and a little vanilla. The tannins are smooth and the acidity is well-balanced with the body of the wine. The finish is full and long.
The 2011 Stump Jump GSM is a full-bodied, full flavored wine that is well-balanced and light on its feet. For all that is going on in your glass, The Stump Jump has an almost delicate mingling of flavors and textures. The Red blends of the Rhone Valley can be excellent “bang for the buck” wines and the The Stump Jump GSM gives those wine a good run for their money. I found the Stump Jump for a few cents under $10 and at that price it is a true bargain. The 2011 Stump Jump GSM is a “no excuses” Red blend that delivers.