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d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

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Winemaker's Notes

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/20/2010

The palate opens with anise, black pepper, graphite and restrained dark cherries before it gives way to mulberry, plum, licorice and spice. It has great power, depth and length with very vibrant, gritty fruit tannins that provide immense structure. Notes of anise and spice linger for a long time after the last sip.

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    Deep colour; vivid hue; fresh black fruits, licorice, toasty oak and sappy complexity are all evident on the bouquet; the palate is dark and chewy, but falls short of being ponderous, as the wine progresses at an even and stately pace across the palate; excellent execution indeed.

    over 3 years
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    splendid nose fruity, blueberry, cherry, nice strong but soft finish

    over 3 years
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    Great Australian find!

    over 2 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 09/01/2013
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/12/2012
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 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...
  • Robert Parker
    (From 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...
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 143