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D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2003

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Upon release d'Arenberg's The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier has a vivid dark purple colour. The Viognier adds fragrance and the perfume of flowers, nectarines, ginger and herbs, serving to enhance the very ripe spectrum of the Shiraz, namely blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry. These same characters are also evident on the palate and prevail with a smooth glycerol impact, following through to the mid palate with fruity tannin. The structure has an accent on fine structure and a gritty long fruit tannin. After time in bottle the d'Arenberg's Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier's flavours should intensify as with other wines from the d'Arenberg stable. The restrained tannin and acidity will produce a seamless velvety rolling length with age.

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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

Member Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

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Snooth User: jaye
28911379
4.00 5
08/08/2007

Notes are from 375 mil bottle. Nose closed on initial pour. Allowed to sit in Riedel Vinum Shiraz glass for an hour before trying. The only smell coming through first evening was camphor. The taste was not unpleasant, tannins were smooth and the fruit, though evident it was there somewhere -- was clearly hiding. On day two I poured another glass. The nose was definitely more alive with camphor smell replaced by black cherry. The flavor was more complex than day one, and I enjoyed the wine, but to me it didn't warrant the 96 point Parker score, or the other 90+ scores here in CT. I have one more 375 and two 750s so I will see how this wine evolves. [86]


Snooth User: gr
63391,072
4.00 5
06/18/2007

Slightly more bitter and has a bit more plum than is common in a shiraz for my palette, but It's nice, especially for smokers.


Snooth User: jaye
28911379
3.50 5
07/12/2006

Notes are from 375 mil bottle. Nose closed on initial pour. Allowed to sit in Riedel Vinum Shiraz glass for an hour before trying. The only smell coming through first evening was camphor. The taste was not unpleasant, tannins were smooth and the fruit, though evident it was there somewhere -- was clearly hiding. On day two I poured another glass. The nose was definitely more alive with camphor smell replaced by black cherry. The flavor was more complex than day one, and I enjoyed the wine, but to me it didn't warrant the 96 point Parker score, or the other 90+ scores here in CT. I have one more 375 and two 750s so I will see how this wine evolves.


Snooth User: lambwofur
4532553
5.00 5
07/23/2008

Definitely one of the best Shiraz I have tasted. Elegant yet powerful, full of complexity with an extra long finish.Silky smooth tannin. Taste of raisin, spice, pepper & chocolate.


Snooth User: Cosie123
3050012
4.00 5
02/05/2008

I love this wine, dark, rich and long. I think it may need another 3 to 5 year to reach its full potential, it got better after leaving it in the glass for an hour. I have drank it on three different occasions and for the price, I would highly recommend it.


External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

External Review
06/23/2010

The 2003 season was characterised by a very low winter rainfall which signalled the vine to minimize potential crop load. The ripening period was warm producing a crop load of small berries and very pure, ripe fruit characters. Even with a smaller than normal crop load many batches showed wonderful fruit characters due to an excellent skin to pulp ratios and this is evident in the final wine. This year in particular selected parcels of fruit deemed worthy of the Dead Arm label were down 50% in volume.


External Review
06/23/2010

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External Review
06/23/2010

95 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.


External Review
02/27/2010

One of this estate's flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great int... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2003 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm 750ml


External Review
02/24/2010

d?Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2003 Magnum (1,5L): absolute Weltklasse mit großen AuszeichnungenJahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 1,5 L MagnumRegion: McLaren ValeWeingut: d'ArenbergRebsorte: 100% McLaren Vale ShirazRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.15 Rotwein


External Review
06/23/2010

McLaren Vale


External Review
07/23/2011

One of this estate s flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose of blackberries, cassis, asphalt, earth, and oak. Powerful, super-concentrated, and obviously fashioned from low yields and old vines, this is a classic McLaren Vale old vine Shiraz that should age nicely for 15+ years.


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Upon release d'Arenberg's The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier has a vivid dark purple colour. The Viognier adds fragrance and the perfume of flowers, nectarines, ginger and herbs, serving to enhance the very ripe spectrum of the Shiraz, namely blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry. These same characters are also evident on the palate and prevail with a smooth glycerol impact, following through to the mid palate with fruity tannin. The structure has an accent on fine structure and a gritty long fruit tannin. After time in bottle the d'Arenberg's Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier's flavours should intensify as with other wines from the d'Arenberg stable. The restrained tannin and acidity will produce a seamless velvety rolling length with age.

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