Tastes sweet for a shiraz. Not very thick and wow, what a bite!
Bright purple rim - still young. You can tell as its rather hot in the nose still. Very meaty too - a real Shiraz nose. Packed with jammy fruits (black berries and plums), a touch hot in the mouth, very spicy with a white pepper finish. Finish is a bit of a let down - else i would have given it 4/5.
Lighter body shiraz, with berry and spice predominant
Dark purple in colour. Nice fruit on the nose but still a little tight. Cassis, black berry and some wood on the palate. The wood lingered on the finish which I wasn't a huge fan of. Overall a good wine and a nice QPR. 87
A good product from d'Arenberg. Inky purple color. Fruity, definitely a taste of herbs, not as peppery as I normally like in my Shiraz but still very good - and an excellent price point.
Was my first experience with a slightly nicer Shiraz, and a very enjoyable one. Spicy, warm, full.
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.
Quite spicy in my opinion, pepper and spice rather than chocolate or vanilla. Not a bad thing, certainly this winemaker has pedigree, even at this, the low end of the label.
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