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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale
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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!

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    Wine Advocate 95 points: D’Arenberg’s flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036. D’Arenberg has been owned and operated by the Osborn family since its inception in 1912. The portfolio, with a focus on the Rhone varieties, is wide ranging and value-oriented from top to bottom. The winery produces a bevy of value priced reds and whites. International Wine Cellar: Opaque ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with suave graphite and anise qualities adding complexity. Deep and rich but also focused, with powerful dark berry preserve flavors and a late kick of iron. There's lots going on here, and this energetic wine is still painfully young. Finishes with mounting sweetness and a strong echo of minerals.

    over 4 years
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    cherry, mint, high acid, long length, high tannin. black currant.

    over 6 years
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    excellent. buy anytime. easy to drink.

    over 3 years
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    Black currant and cheries Mineral

    over 4 years
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    good, full of flavor

    almost 5 years
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    2018-2036

    about 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 92.8/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 167 on Oct-06
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 09/01/2013
  • Robert Parker
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/12/2012
  • Wine Advocate
    (2006 Vintage) D'Arenberg's flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036."Opaque ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with suave graphite and anise qualities adding complexity. Deep and rich but also focused, with powerful dark berry preserve flavors and...