d'Arenberg

The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.247 ratings
9.38 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
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
Rebecca Loewy

All my friends should try this.

All my friends should try this.

1 person found it helpfulAug 25th, 2014
Michael Meagher MS

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

9.3

I don't always drink #australianwine, but when I do, I prefer at least 10 years of bottle age.

I don't always drink #australianwine, but when I do, I prefer at least 10 years of bottle age.

Dec 4th, 2016
Matté

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.4

This is in a beautiful place right now, plenty of smoky, sweet red and black berry fruit but also starting to take on those developed notes of worn leather, black olive tapenade, melted liquorice and a sweet tar note. Soft and supple in the mouth but still enough acidity keeping the rich, sticky black cherry and blackberry fruit from becoming sickly. Great length with a prune and black olive flavour.

This is in a beautiful place right now, plenty of smoky, sweet red and black berry fruit but also starting to take on those developed notes of worn leather, black olive tapenade, melted liquorice and a sweet tar note. Soft and supple in the mouth but still enough acidity keeping the rich, sticky black cherry and blackberry fruit from becoming sickly. Great length with a prune and black olive flavour.

Sep 17th, 2015
Gil Krakowsky

Fully mature but still surprisingly full of life. A full Bodied wine for sure. Heady nose, dark fruit liquer (blackberry), smoke, grilled meat and tar notes along with terroir-revealing candied eucalyptus and menthol flavors dominate for me. Framed by dusty and old leather baseball glove notes. Also a hint of nutmeg. Palate is certainly full and a bit sappy but with very present medium acid and drying tannins. Day 2 became even more dark and brooding, steaky, and herbaceous with black fruits over grilled herbs de Provence. Don’t see this improving but with strong tannic structure could maintain peak form for another 2ish years

Fully mature but still surprisingly full of life. A full Bodied wine for sure. Heady nose, dark fruit liquer (blackberry), smoke, grilled meat and tar notes along with terroir-revealing candied eucalyptus and menthol flavors dominate for me. Framed by dusty and old leather baseball glove notes. Also a hint of nutmeg. Palate is certainly full and a bit sappy but with very present medium acid and drying tannins. Day 2 became even more dark and brooding, steaky, and herbaceous with black fruits over grilled herbs de Provence. Don’t see this improving but with strong tannic structure could maintain peak form for another 2ish years

May 28th, 2019
Scott Plambeck

2002, 750ml bottle. Drank with oven baked Baby Back ribs. Did a dry rub. Medium tannins, nice ruby color in the glass, with a light fruit nose. Drinking well, and could last a few more years on the shelf. This was our last bottle in the cellar, misplaced for years - we drank all the others over 5 years ago when it was a much more powerful Shiraz.

2002, 750ml bottle. Drank with oven baked Baby Back ribs. Did a dry rub. Medium tannins, nice ruby color in the glass, with a light fruit nose. Drinking well, and could last a few more years on the shelf. This was our last bottle in the cellar, misplaced for years - we drank all the others over 5 years ago when it was a much more powerful Shiraz.

Jun 19th, 2018
Laurie Crimando

Smooth, coffee, and spice. Had with garlic sausage and lentils. Watching Anthony Bourdian. So sad🙁

Smooth, coffee, and spice. Had with garlic sausage and lentils. Watching Anthony Bourdian. So sad🙁

Jun 10th, 2018
Riana Davidson

🍷🍾🌲wooden anniversary wine!🍷🍾🌲

🍷🍾🌲wooden anniversary wine!🍷🍾🌲

Jul 2nd, 2017
Dima Podpolny

Phenomenal

Long finish

Forest and woods on the nose

Phenomenal

Long finish

Forest and woods on the nose

Apr 23rd, 2017
Dima Podpolny

Prune on the nose. Cherry too.

Cherry jam on the tongue.

Prune on the nose. Cherry too.

Cherry jam on the tongue.

Jan 28th, 2017