d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Riesling 2023
It is rumoured that the inventor of the Stump Jump plough, which enabled a ploughshare to jump over tree roots, 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.
The grapes used in this wine underwent gentle crushing, temperature controlled fermentation and basket pressing prior to bottling.
Winter and Spring rains were quite good which meant vigour was high. October and November saw some cooler weather which made flowering and set spread out over a long period with an intense short heat wave in the middle of set reducing the crop significantly. A nice rain on the 1st of February set the vines up well and mild to cool, dry, weather prevailed. A few slightly warmer nights in the later part of ripening helped the last sugar push. Yields were down significantly, the lowest in memory, however, quality is exceptional. Some of the best wines seen for years. Great colour, fruit characters, flavours and length.
Lemon and orange blossom provide beautiful aromas, followed by fresh lemon and lime citrus flavours on the palate. A zippy mineral line leads into a dry finish
The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Riesling
Country - Australia
Region - McLaren Vale, South Australia
Vintage - 2023
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 10.5%