The name ‘Stump Jump’ doesn’t relate to the English game of cricket (jumping over the stumps at the end of the game), nor the breeding of livestock held in the stumps but relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. The plough soon became a worldwide implement for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled “mallee” Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and energy by not stopping the draught horse.
Every Stump Jump white of late seems to take the drinker on an interesting journey and this one is no exception. A wonderful fresh vibrant appearance with an equally appealing aroma. Notes of florals, cut grass and limes are obvious but as the wine opens up, more complex secondary notes appear such as green melon rind, passionfruit, lavender, wheat germ, and almond kernel characters.
The palate is dry with a moderate level of intensity and ripe fruit characters dominated with Riesling florals and limes; the grassy sweetness and elevated acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc while the Roussanne and Marsanne add an earthy, dry stone fruit element, green almond kernels and a lovely viscous character giving textural richness to the finish. The wine has excellent balance and length of flavour which we see as being an essential element in a great value drink.
The Stump Jump is at its best drinking while young, and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next three to five years. It is perfect drinking on a warm summer’s day, and a perfect match for a wide variety of light dishes.