2008 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz: Fruity, but mostly bitter.

feb. 14, 2010: greg wasn't feeling well today (mostly as a result of last night's acidic wines), and so the sheboygan and andouille sausages victoria grilled up, as well as the leeks and broccoli she steamed, and the leftover gorgonzola polenta, were hard for him to eat much of. he didn't really drink much of the wine, either, which means we can have more tomorrow when he (hopefully) feels better. (victoria is marinating a boneless pork roast with cumin, lime juice, cilantro, salt, sugar, cardamon, vinegar and olive oil that should go well with australian shiraz.) victoria had a couple of glasses of this australian, and her impressions were that it was inky, concentrated, slightly fruity but more bitter towards the end. this was a strong wine, but it went in a direction she was hoping to avoid, which seems common with mclaren vale shiraz. 14.5 percent alcohol. around $10 at winetree.

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