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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale

Wine Details

Vineyard

d'Arenberg

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2010 Vintage) A classic Dead Arm in every sense of the word. The nose is brooding and alluring, earthy notes combined with dark fruits, fennel and baking spice. The longer this wine sits in the glass, the further it unfurls opening into notes of sweeter berry fruit laced with more of those soily, forest floor notes. The palate is dense and concentrated with a plethora of fruit characters, plum, blackberry, mulberry, earth, iodine and black olive. Despite the richness and intensity of the attack and mid palate the experience surprisingly crescendos with a lick of spicy pepper, coupled with lovely, fined grained, textural tannins that seem to persist in the mouth forever. Complex, savoury and moreish!

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    "The estate’s most renowned offering is their old vine (90+ years) Shiraz called The Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 2000 Dead Arm Shiraz is one of south Australia’s finest wines of the vintage. A perfume of grilled steak intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, earth, pepper, and melted licorice rises from this awesome red. With great power, richness, and no hard edges, it is still young and primary, but should hit its peak in 3-7 years, and last for two decades or more"
  • International Wine Cellar
    Dense ruby. Very spicy, meaty aromas of clove, tea leaf, briary blackcurrant and plum over an earthy background of licorice and asphalt. Rather evolved but offers bright flavors of sweet small berry fruits, fennel and leather. Smooth and voluptuous, finishing long and savory, with integrated firm tannins.