What: The Stump Jump Red 2005
Where: South Australia
Why: It’s fab to try new wines and I’m always on the hunt, but for special occasions (Happy Father’s Day Dad!) it’s nice to rely on the tried and true. D’Arenberg is one of my favourite producers — not only from the Land of Oz, but worldwide. And for this family holiday, it’s fitting to drink a wine from the Osborn family — tending vineyards since 1912. This old bush-vine GSM (Grenache, Syrah Mourvèdre) blend has a nose of ripe, dark berries and cracked black pepper, with supple cherry, herbal mulberry, earth and spice on the medium-bodied palate. Supple and soft finish — and fantastic value.
How (much): $15.09 BCLS
When: Perfectly suited for turkey burgers — cranberry sauce trumps ketchup here. Would also be lovely with chicken or pork kabobs.
Winespeak of the Week: D’Arenberg wines have esoteric names — all referring to various stories from legend or reality. The Stump Jump was so called after the Aussie-invented a plough that could ‘jump’ over stubborn mallee tree stumps and roots in the ground after clearing.