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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz

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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Rustic, wild and assertive, with a pungent, meaty bouquet of dark plums, blackberries and cassis backed by musky undertones of briar, blueberries and faintly smoky chocolatey and meaty oak. Dark and reductive, it's sumptuously concentrated, with deeply ripened flavours of dark fruits knit with mocha/chocolate oak and supported by fine, powdery, slatey tannins. It finishes with length and minerality.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Brooding, dark and powerful, this rather closed young red will take time to unfold its layers of deep, dark plums and berries, its meaty, chocolatey complexity and its seasoned, cedary oak. Scented with pepper and spice, it's alluring and smoky, with a long, palate-staining fruitfulness, a very firm, fine-grained undercarriage, a savoury finish and a deep, intriguing minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Deep, dark and brooding with blackberry and blueberry fruits, plenty of roasted coffee-scented oak making itself known here too, and there's black licorice and tarry intensity. The palate wrenches itself into place and really grabs deep. Flavours rest in the plum and black fruit spectrum and are wound through muscular tannins - the intensity is staggering - with some darker, almost minerally flavours building through the finish. Worthy of many years in the cellar, this wine will live a long, long time.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The Dead Arm rarely fails to deliver an uncompromising essay on McLaren fruit; deeply concentrated with levels of dark chocolate, blackberry, nuances of florals and a freshness that belies its weight and power. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The dead arm is in flight. A wine of immense quality, charm and character and increasing freshness to the fruit flavour and fineness to the tannins with absolutely classic blackberry and spice flavour. The tannins are getting purer and more refined each year.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
I've had a love-hate relationship with this wine; everyone seemed to love the 2002, but no matter how many times I tried it, I just couldn't get excited. The 2004, and most particularly this 2005, have got me properly on board. 2005 RELEASE This is a powerhouse. It's not just a fruit bomb either; there's complexity here. Currants, raspberries, kirsch, violets, lightly browned toast - this smells and tastes beautiful. The thing I really like is that despite all this might and fruit power, it's still lively and vigorous, like it can't wait to jump out of the glass and please you. I wouldn't be surprised if I rate it higher once it's fully mature, DRINK 2015-2025.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Remarkably elegant and fine in the overall context of Dead Arm; black cherry and blackberry fruit with the mandatory chocolate; fine, soft tannins and controlled oak. Some suggestion of brett, which doesn't spoil the wine for me.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
The finest Dead Arm ever made has a smoky, ethereal and spicy bouquet of slightly meaty dark plums and berries scented with violets, licorice and black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth and sumptuous, its powerful and searingly intense palate of black berry fruit has a salty/mineral edge and a sophisticated marriage with new oak. Despite its intense fruit sweetness, the wine finishes long and savoury with lingering sour edges, terrific acids and overall balance. A traditional wine, with cut and polish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
96
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
The dead arm is in flight. A wine of immense quality, charm and character and increasing freshness to the fruit flavour and fineness to the tannins with absolutely classic blackberry and spice flavour. The tannins are getting purer and more refined each year.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A more elegant, controlled and tightly focused Dead Arm with pleasing fruit and balance, but an unmistakable thread of herbaceousness beneath. Its spicy and lightly smoky fragrance of cassis, blackberries, violets and raspberries is offset by creamy vanilla oak. Silky smooth and velvet-like, its very measured palate of vibrant small black and red berries, licorice and spice culminates in a long, rather minty, eucalypt-like and herbal finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; masses of dark plum, prune and licorice fruit on the bouquet, then a palate flooded with the same fruit characters plus a generous dash of bitter chocolate; lots of tannin and extract; needs a decade.
2006-2016
Australian Wine Companion 2004
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; a typically rich, dense and concentrated bouquet oozing dark plum and berry fruit is followed by a massively rich and ripe palate with powerful tannins to boot.
2005-2015
Australian Wine Companion 2001
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; an exceptional rich, full and concentrated bouquet with lushly ripe fruit married with oak. The palate effectively replicates the bouquet, finishing with soft tannins. Top gold 1998 National Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
96

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