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Darenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Sealed Under Cork 2006

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A very dark, vibrant, polished appearance with a dense red crimson hue. The aroma upon opening is surprisingly elegant showing superb fruit characters dominated with red fruits, plum, spices, red cherries, cranberry, white and green pepper and blueberry notes against a back drop of very fine oak. The flavours are ripe; red fruits, cherries, plums and black olives with edges of dried garden herbs. As the wine opens the palate is extremely tight and controlled. In many ways this wine is more elegant than previous vintages with tannins that have a wonderful mineral grittiness that is balanced right to the wine’s pointed finish.

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Darenberg:
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Compris... Read more
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Comprising of the Dead Arm, the Coppermine Road and the Ironstone Pressings, this range represents the pinnacle of d’Arenberg’s efforts. Century old, low-yielding vines produce intensely flavored fruit which is traditionally vinified and undergoes rigorous barrel-selection prior to classification. Chester's Champions The Lucky Lizard, The Twentyeight Road, The Last Ditch, The Money Spider, The Feral Fox, The Sticks & Stones, The Derelict Vineyard, The Cadenzia, The Galvo Garage, The Laughing Magpie Since the early 1900’s, d’Arenberg has pioneered innovative wine styles and varietal plantings. Chester’s Champions represent d’Arenberg’s most exciting new ventures, offering an eclectic alternative to the known and loved bastions of the portfolio. The Classic Red Stripes The Dry Dam, The Broken Fishplate, The Olive Grove, The Hermit Crab, The Custodian, The High Trellis, d’Arrys Original, The Love Grass, The Footbolt. The Classic Red Stripes represent the backbone of the d’Arenberg range. Considered the epitome of d’Arenberg’s style, they are a reflection of skillful winemaking and unique terroir – regionally expressive, fruit-forward and approachable. The Stump Jumps Stump Jump White, Stump Jump Red, Stump Jump Shiraz Named after an important South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough, these wines are typically light- or un-oaked, offering a fresh, approachable view of McLaren Vale’s premium varietals. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Darenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Sealed Under Cork

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,843
4.50 5
12/09/2010

A bit dirty on the nose at first but the aromas really build, adding wild berry fruits, meaty accents, spice tones that recall candied violets and hung game with a touch of a terpene accent. In the mouth this is lovely, bright yet deep with a raw freshness to the wine. The fruit is pure and transparent, if a bit evolved, and the finish is long and succulent. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,843
4.50 5
12/10/2008

Opens with a big black pepper, black plum and oak driven nose which is followed by meaty, grilled meat, rare meat tone and top notes of violets, spice, mushroom, tar, gunpowder and a fruity baked spiced apple note. Rich and very finely balanced in the mouth with good acid and modest tannins yielding a slightly chewy, slightly spicy, very bright and slightly astringent blackberry and black plum core of fruit. Gains earthy hints on the edges, which recall fudge, and pops on the finish with distinct pepper, Asian spice, and vanilla accents. Complex and fun to drink 93pts


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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
10/29/2010

dark, spicy, jam notes, rich chocolate intertwined with dark currants and spice - packs a punch with delicate and grace


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022641,260
3.50 5
11/06/2011

Really dry strong in flavour, acidic, but good depth! Great wine to enjoy! Bit pricey thou...


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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4.50 5
02/25/2009

Dark and exotic, this seemed to have lots of breed, even a touch of a high end Cab/Shiraz blend going on. Wonderful dark cassis and kirsch, black cherries and scorched earth made this the real winner of the night. Lots of structure and pizzazz with the long smooth finish you would hope for. What a surprise when unveiled. It reminded me of Brokenwood’s Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz (5x the price). Well done! QPR Indeed. 94/100


Snooth User: pb271579
55906693
5.00 5
08/18/2010

This is a big time shiraz. BIG TIME. I was in Aussie for a year and even got a chance to go visit D'Arenberg. They ended up being my favorite winery in Australia they make every mix of wine you can imagine pulling grapes from different regions to hit good price points. You can even get there lower-end Shiraz "the stump jump" and it carries big flavour and is still smooth. The Dead Arm, on the other hand, is their signature bottle and leaves nothing back. A gulp of this stuff leaves you leaning back in your chair and contemplating how life can be so damn beautiful in your mouth!


Snooth User: redkai
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5.00 5
08/29/2009

Agree agree, one the best shiraz out there,the hint of vanilla is a joy everytime i open a bottle. And an absolut steal at the price! Enjoy


Snooth User: Mike Po
890990
0.00 5
12/11/2008

Dark and exotic, this seemed to have lots of breed, even a touch of a high end Cab/Shiraz blend going on. Wonderful dark cassis and kirsch, black cherries and scorched earth made this the real winner of the night. Lots of structure and pizzazz with the long smooth finish you would hope for. What a surprise when unveiled. It reminded me of Brokenwood’s Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz (5x the price). Well done! QPR Indeed. 94/100 I have tasted this going back about 5-6 years and this is the best I can ever remember it being.


External Reviews for Darenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Sealed Under Cork

External Review
02/05/2013

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2006 - D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: McLaren Valley - Syrah - 750 ml.


External Review
07/06/2011

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. D Arenberg has been owned and operated by the Osborn family since its inception in 1912. The portfolio, with a focus on the Rhone varieties, is wide ranging and value-oriented from top to bottom. The winery produces a bevy of value priced reds and whites that were reviewed in Issue 178. They should not be overlooked. At the higher end of the portfolio there is one white wine on which to report.


External Review
02/25/2012

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. James Halliday. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 dArenberg The Dead Arm 375ml


External Review
08/28/2011

The nose is a concentrated and deep expression of licorice, black pepper and spice with dark cherry notes underneath. On the palate, the flavors are rich yet restrained, powerfully intense yet attenuated by acidity. Rich blackberry and cherry flavors... Chuck Hayward. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm 750ml


External Review
02/03/2010

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. Screwcap. Rating 95 Drink ... James Halliday. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm 750ml


External Review
09/09/2009

Rich, full-flavored Shiraz sourced from late-19th-century vines in the heart of South Australia's McLaren Vale. Marvelous texture with plum, blackcurrant, and blueberry flavors paving the way to a long, rewarding finish.


External Review
01/17/2009

International Wine Cellar ReviewRated 93Opaque 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 a late kick of iron. There's lots going on here, and this energetic wine is still painfully young. Finishes with mounting sweetness and a strong echo of minerals.


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A very dark, vibrant, polished appearance with a dense red crimson hue. The aroma upon opening is surprisingly elegant showing superb fruit characters dominated with red fruits, plum, spices, red cherries, cranberry, white and green pepper and blueberry notes against a back drop of very fine oak. The flavours are ripe; red fruits, cherries, plums and black olives with edges of dried garden herbs. As the wine opens the palate is extremely tight and controlled. In many ways this wine is more elegant than previous vintages with tannins that have a wonderful mineral grittiness that is balanced right to the wine’s pointed finish.

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