Sitting here drinking this now. God it's good! Rich and heavy, verging on fortified. Fruit in abundance and all the other stuff wine writers write. The perfect accompaniment to a passionate kiss. If this wine was a lover you'd leave your spouse for it. This is what good Pomerol should taste like, but Dead Arm 2001 comes at a fraction of the price.
External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt
Upon release, The Dead Arm' Shiraz has a vivid, young, dense, purple-red colour. Very intense aromas with a complex combination of fragrant spices and violets, dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry, are made more complex with great liquorice, pepper and integrated svelte of boot-polish like characters. The taste is rich, gutsy and virile, with attacking spice, dark liquorice, cherry, blackberry, plum and dried black olive. The level of fruit weight masks the framework of oak tannins; however, the mineral fruit grittiness is balanced with a very long fruit-fragrant, persistent spice will yield a wine of great ageing power.
A good value, the 2001 The Footbolt Shiraz is a plump, plum, blackberry, and currant-flavored effort displaying hints of smoke, earth, and pepper. It is a well-balanced, medium to full-bodied, delicious Shiraz to drink over the next 5–7 years. Chester Osborn, the remarkable person behind this enormous array of both impeccably high quality and value-priced wines, deserves considerable accolades for what he is able to achieve at all price ranges. If you love Australian wines, d’Arenberg is a winery to seek out as these offerings all possess abundant soul as well as character. In short, the accolades that proprietor/winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from The Wine Advocate, but virtually everybody in the wine world, are all well deserved.
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