A generous warm wine with an abundance of savoury and dark fruits.
This wine is very tight and closed and may need decanting upon opening. It has vibrant red berry, ironstone and lifted spice aromas. The palate is fine and linear and finishes with mouth puckering tannin and crunchy acidity. This wine is built to last and needs some cellaring to reach its full potential.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters, where the Roussanne and Shiraz are co-fermented. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of old French and American oak to complete fermentation and mature. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
In 2006, Chester added a small parcel of Roussanne to The Stump Jump White. A wine journalist described him as a 'wild pixie' for concocting such a crazy blend. Taking that as a compliment, Chester went on to make an even more audacious blend with Roussanne, this time combining it with Shiraz.
93, Halliday Points