D'Arenberg Shiraz Dead Arm 2009

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Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 The Dead Arm Shiraz presents an intense and complex nose of blackberry pres...

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The 2009 D'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz is a decent wine, though my high expectations from reviews of other vintages left me somewhat disappointed. Fir... Read more

Named for the eutypa fungus that kills off one side of a bush vine leaving the fruit on the other side that much more concentrated The Dead Arm is d Read more

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3.50 5
07/08/2011

The 2009 D'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz is a decent wine, though my high expectations from reviews of other vintages left me somewhat disappointed. First off, I found it a bit tight on the nose for a Shiraz, displaying some dark fruit with undertones of tobacco and minty highlights, but lacking that barrel-of-crushed-ripe-berries aroma I love in big red wines. On the palate, I get a sharp pomegranate flavor with some black cherry liquor, followed by pleasing undertones of black pepper and spice that burn a bit on the back of the tongue. While the wine has a bold flavor with just the right amount of sugar, it tasted unfocused and didn't fully deliver on the ripe fruit juice I crave in a Shiraz. I decanted this bottle for two hours, but perhaps the wine is still too young and needs more time to soften and mature.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Named for the eutypa fungus that kills off one side of a bush vine leaving the fruit on the other side that much more concentrated The Dead Arm is d


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

As always d


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Opaque ruby. A complex floral-accented bouquet displays cherry-cola cassis bacon fat licorice and candied violet. Initially firm and linear but quickly unfolds to offer sweet dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and an overlay of baking spices. Vanilla and cola nuances build with air and carry through a long gently tannic focused finish. Very rich but I get no impression of excess weight here. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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3.50 5
09/13/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 The Dead Arm Shiraz presents an intense and complex nose of blackberry preserves and dried mulberries over coffee, black olives, smoky bacon and humus. The palate is richly fruited and nicely balanced with layers of savory and dark berry flavors and crisp acid textured by medium-firm finely grained tannins. It finishes long with hints of menthol and marmite toast coming through. It should be drinking best 2013 to 2024+...95" WA 2/12 "The d’Arenberg winery is 100 years old with a fourth generation Osbourne in charge today of this now considerable operation. Graduated from Roseworthy College in 1983, Chester was expected by his father to change things when he took over the family business. Instead he went back to tradition rather than modernizing. In the d’Arenberg vineyards there is no cultivating, fertilizing or herbicides used – Chester compares these artificial means to growing plants hydroponically. Looking to continually improve the root systems of his vines, he rarely irrigates. Average yields are 1.7 tons per acre. “2011 was actually a great year for us,” Chester informed me. “We didn’t have any problems with rot.”

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 The Dead Arm Shiraz presents an intense and complex nose of blackberry preserves and dried mulberries over coffee, black olives, smoky bacon and humus. The palate is richly fruited and nicely balanced with layers of savory and dark berry flavors and crisp acid textured by medium-firm finely grained tannins. It finishes long with hints of menthol and marmite toast coming through. It should be drinking best 2013 to 2024+...95" WA 2/12 "The d’Arenberg winery is 100 years old with a fourth generation Osbourne in charge today of this now considerable operation. Graduated from Roseworthy College in 1983, Chester was expected by his father to change things when he took over the family business. Instead he went back to tradition rather than modernizing. In the d’Arenberg vineyards there is no cultivating, fertilizing or herbicides used – Chester compares these artificial means to growing plants hydroponically. Looking to continually improve the root systems of his vines, he rarely irrigates. Average yields are 1.7 tons per acre. “2011 was actually a great year for us,” Chester informed me. “We didn’t have any problems with rot.”

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