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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale
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(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.

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

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

    over 3 years
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    Black currant and cheries Mineral

    about 4 years
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    good, full of flavor

    over 4 years
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    almost 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 Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) "D'Arenberg's most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through ...
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage)
  • Robert Parker
    (1999 Vintage) "The estate’s most renowned offering is their old vine Shiraz (90+ year old vines) called the Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 1999 The Dead Arm Shiraz was aged in 100% new oak, of which 70% was American and 30% French. It is about as natural and unmanipulated a product of the vineyard as one can find. Full-bodied and awesomely rich, notes of black pepper, licorice, and blackberry as well as cherry liqueur cascade over the palate with enormous concentration and intensity, high tannin, and a struc...