Tussock Jumper is one of the few global wine producers that I do truly respect. They work with great farmers from eleven different countries to bring some of the best everyday values showcasing the best grapes of each region, Their French rose has long been a staff and customer favorite. Each region they work with is represented by an animal that is featured in the red jumper on each label. The characters have stories for themselves and the wines they represent. Check them out with the Tussock Jumper app on your cell phone.
Grab a flight of four of their wines for $5!
2017 Chardonnay – France; $10.99
This one to me feels like an old-world, new-world mash up. Bright acidity and minerality traditional for France is balanced with a bit of the California butter. This one doesn't show as much of the sweet spices. The nine months of oak aging adds a softness and a hint of hazelnuts. Expect more fruit though with aromas of apricot, pear and crisp green apples. - $1.25 Sample
2017 Pinot Noir – France; $10.99
Coming from southern France mainly the Languedoc region. The grapes go through an extended maceration period after crush to extract more color and give the wine a more velvety texture. Fermentation is done temperature controlled to keep it slow and cold to retain freshness and bright aromatics. Jammy blackberries up front with floral notes, and a touch of vanilla. - $1.25 Sample
2017 Malbec – San Juan, Argentina; $10.99
Produced from vineyards located in the Caucete district of the Tulum Valley in San Juan. At more than 2,000ft elevation the dry cool area is perfect for well balanced, but ripe style wines. Very juicy fruit forward style with bright aromas of raspbery and blackberry. Produced to be a drank a bit younger this Malbec only sees about 3 months of oak aging, just enough to add a bit of depth with some spice. Soft, well rounded tannins give it a nice smooth finish. - $1.25 Sample
2017 Shiraz/Grenache/Viognier – Western Cape, South Africa; $10.99
This is a brand new one available in Ohio. The blend is suprisingly a traditional one for southern France and being replicated in South Africa. The wine is mainly Shiraz with the small amounts of Grenache adding earthiness and red fruit character, and the Viognier adding a depth to the aromatics. Suprisingly the small amount of Viognier does wonders (Think a touch of coffee making chocolate taste more… chocolatey.) Whole berry fermentation followed by 14 months of aging in French oak. The wine is almost “brambley” like wild berries with a lot of old world style savory Shiraz character like black olive and leather. - $1.25 Sample