d'Arenberg

The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.2625 ratings
9.183 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
Kenny Baldridge

Always a winner.

Always a winner.

Sep 12th, 2017
Pierpaolo Petrassi MW

Master of Wine; Head of Beer, Wine & Spirits Waitrose

9.2

Incredible depth of ripe fruit and concentration from the Eutypa Lata-affected vines which produce fruit for this Aussie icon. The oak is beautifully integrated so as to produce a unique character with sublime texture & balance. One of the world's great expressions of Shiraz. The 2002 showed a freshness which belied its 13 years of age and indicated great potential longevity.

Incredible depth of ripe fruit and concentration from the Eutypa Lata-affected vines which produce fruit for this Aussie icon. The oak is beautifully integrated so as to produce a unique character with sublime texture & balance. One of the world's great expressions of Shiraz. The 2002 showed a freshness which belied its 13 years of age and indicated great potential longevity.

1 person found it helpfulOct 25th, 2015
Sara Henson

Nose of pepper, spices, licorice, mint. Medium to heavy body.slightly acidic and tannic. Earthy taste.

Nose of pepper, spices, licorice, mint. Medium to heavy body.slightly acidic and tannic. Earthy taste.

1 person found it helpfulOct 9th, 2015
Willem Boshoff

Matured beautifully. Still quite a bit of plummy flavours well integrated with secondary flavours.

Matured beautifully. Still quite a bit of plummy flavours well integrated with secondary flavours.

1 person found it helpfulAug 9th, 2015
Howard Yang

Very dark opaque burgundy/purple with slight brick hue showing, India ink, blackberry, black cherry, some tobacco undertone, licorice, nutmeg and raspberry, full body and round mouthfeel, tastes of berry, pomegranate, pepper and cedar, chewy and sweet tannin with firm backbone, long finish with spicy notes and Assam tea lingering on the tongue.

Very dark opaque burgundy/purple with slight brick hue showing, India ink, blackberry, black cherry, some tobacco undertone, licorice, nutmeg and raspberry, full body and round mouthfeel, tastes of berry, pomegranate, pepper and cedar, chewy and sweet tannin with firm backbone, long finish with spicy notes and Assam tea lingering on the tongue.

1 person found it helpfulMar 17th, 2015
Rebecca Loewy

All my friends should try this.

All my friends should try this.

1 person found it helpfulAug 25th, 2014
Andrew Whittle

Co-Owner/Director Summit Estate Wines

9.2

A touch of age but delicious!

A touch of age but delicious!

Jul 3rd, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Nose of; blackberries, black cherries, black plum, black raspberries, dark roasted coffee, black licorice with fresh & dry florals. Palate of; blackberries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, violets, dry roses, notes of tar, black licorice, used coffee grounds, M+ tannins, caramel, dark chocolate, gentle spices, beautiful even finish with big acidity. Photos show one of their "Dead Arm vineyards" with a visual example of the term dead arm. Also, a shot of their very busy tasting bar.

Nose of; blackberries, black cherries, black plum, black raspberries, dark roasted coffee, black licorice with fresh & dry florals. Palate of; blackberries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, violets, dry roses, notes of tar, black licorice, used coffee grounds, M+ tannins, caramel, dark chocolate, gentle spices, beautiful even finish with big acidity. Photos show one of their "Dead Arm vineyards" with a visual example of the term dead arm. Also, a shot of their very busy tasting bar.

Apr 14th, 2017
Thibaut Marquis

Region Manager East, CRU Selections Terlato Wines International

9.2

Delicious even though quite big. Lots of ripe fruit, spice, cinnamon-clove, liquorice. Really long finish.

Delicious even though quite big. Lots of ripe fruit, spice, cinnamon-clove, liquorice. Really long finish.

Mar 12th, 2017
George Chen

Close to dead...few heartbeats left!

Close to dead...few heartbeats left!

Jan 10th, 2017