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 fragr...

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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 c... Read more

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. Read more

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 c... Read more

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Snooth User: jaye
28911375
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
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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
28911375
3.50 5
07/13/2006

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
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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
02/06/2008

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
06/24/2010

McLaren Vale


External Review
02/28/2010

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
02/25/2010

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
06/24/2010

86 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


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.


External Review
06/24/2010

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External Review
06/24/2010

93 points out of 100 by James Halliday


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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