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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale

Wine Details

Vineyard

d'Arenberg

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2008 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/20/2010

(2008 Vintage) 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.

    almost 5 years
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    splendid nose fruity, blueberry, cherry, nice strong but soft finish

    almost 5 years
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    spukspuk

    Robust ...bricking with rose & strawberry

    7 months
Expert Reviews
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  • 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...
  • 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)