D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2005

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This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up un...

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This has a nicely complex aroma filled with dark berry and plum fruit accented with nice notes of worn leather, cocoa and toasted baking spice. In ... Read more

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The first thing I noticed was the nose from pouring, and the incredibly dark purple color of this wine. And the taste, truly unique, fitting the in... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
01/20/2011

This has a nicely complex aroma filled with dark berry and plum fruit accented with nice notes of worn leather, cocoa and toasted baking spice. In the mouth there is plenty of rich fruit supported by ripe, firm yet small tannins with a bright vein of acidity perking up the sour plum and berry fruit. The oak is obvious but not intrusive adding a nice vanilla nuance in the palate and some spice tones on the moderately length finish. Not a small wine but well balanced and fresh with a fine, supple texture. 88pts


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Snooth User: joshparent
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5.00 5
01/13/2008

Yes... YES!


Snooth User: ff1959
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4.00 5
01/31/2008

The first thing I noticed was the nose from pouring, and the incredibly dark purple color of this wine. And the taste, truly unique, fitting the inspired blend of wines that make up The Laughing Magpie. For me, only the 2003 misses the mark, but other vintages - like this 2005 - are just wonderful.


Snooth User: antfugue
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4.00 5
11/19/2008

A terrific everyday wine. Not as intense as the Boxer, but cut from the same cloth.


Snooth User: aronowm2
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4.00 5
02/10/2011

Intense cherry. Great full mouthfeel. The one issue I have with this, is that it fell apart after decanting but definitely needs some air, so you may just want to hold onto it for a few more years and then pop and pour it.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
11/24/2008

Not as impressed with this as I expected to be. Blackberry jam aromas and palate, with a decided note of alcohol as well. Lots of sediment. Chalky tannins. Was hoping for something a bi more decadent and smooth.


Snooth User: Ruski
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4.50 5
06/18/2011

Enjoyed this 18 June, 2011. It was a 1.5l magnum, had been in my cellar for 2 years. Very dark, almost black, thick and oily. On the nose more than hints of smoke, spices like pepper, some pencil, a bit of tar & licorice. Definitely full-bodied, concentrated, even after 2 hours still somewhat closed. Taste in line with nose, but adds some raspberry, blueberry and leather. With enormous amount of structure, it is well balanced and simply a great and memorable experience. This wine will definitely benefit from at least another 2-4 years of cellaring.


Snooth User: AdamJefferson
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4.00 5
03/28/2010

a good wine to be sure, a deep violet color, big sweet nose having something like the bubblegum going on. Opens with light berry fruit--red raspberry and bing cherry--with leathery tannins and mild spice on a lingering finish. Enjoyed with a steak salad and a variety of German chocolates for dessert. A good buy.


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External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

External Review
01/29/2009

Year in and year out, one of the most exotic, flamboyant, and sexiest cuvees in the d'Arenberg portfolio is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier. The 2005 exhibits a spring flower garden-like character interwoven with blackberries, creme de cassis, melted licorice, and sweet, toasty new oak. Opulent and voluptuous, with silky tannin, and a plump, fleshy, rich, full-bodied personality, this offering is meant to be consumed over the next 5-8 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

An inky, dark candidate with blackberry and black pepper from stem to stern. Licorice, black (of course) accents and lots of toasty oak abound through the tangy finish. Has good depth, tart sweet fruit and tangy acidity, but is a bit hard... will it blossom? Needs time, and may open, but the dark wrap is tight now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Impresses you on the first look - it offers controlled, pretty plum and berry fruit on the palate, with black pepper, cassis and graham cracker aromas. Overexamine it, though, and you might start to find things that you wish were different, but that doesn't mean that this isn't delicious. Why not just sit back and enjoy the mocha-laden finish, and leave analysis to another day?


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Another top-flight Dead Arm, the 2003 boasts attractive scent of leather, spice, vanilla and boysenberries. The palate is lush and creamy, carrying earthy dark-fruited flavors enlivened by a bright streak of acidity. Turns chewy on the finish, suggesting short-term cellaring is in order. Try after 2008.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

D'Arenberg's most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Rich, complex, but not at all heavy-handed, a plush, heady mouthful of black cherry, blackberry, menthol and a wee tough of forest mushroom, all mingling in a rich-textured finish that lasts and lasts. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2002 Dead Arm Shiraz was a challenge to effectively analyze. After the magnificent 2001, it comes across as lighter-styled, more elegant, but also closed and restrained. Several hours of aeration were beneficial, but this cuvee seems to be playing it close to the vest. However, there is power underneath the tannic structure. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a backward, full-throttle Shiraz lacking the exuberance, unctuosity, and stunning concentration of the 2001 and 1998. It has noble breeding, but appears to be totally shut down at present. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020.


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Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up until the 1950’s, all of the Shiraz was used for producing a Port styled wine hence the near original label has been retained for this wine for posterity. The wine has a very deep black appearance with a wonderful crimson deep cherry red hue. Intense aromas of ripe, blackberry fruits, liquorice appear first followed by prune-like notes with deep spicy plum pudding characters. As it opens, deeper blackberry mulberry fruits with anise evolve combined with a lifted (and slightly ‘taily’) brandy spirit which is most appealing. The initial attack of primary fruit flavours, combined with the integrated, unwooded brandy spirit ensure the palate is full-flavoured balanced with very fine, almost tea-like tannins and the dry impact of the spirit. Just wonderful! With significant bottle age, ‘The Vintage Fortified’ made with Shiraz gains extraordinary complexity. The intense young colour becomes a lighter, more ruby-red initially, then quite amber. Fruit and brandy spirit integrate further, making way for whiffs of roses, chocolate/walnut, coffee and orange/cumquat peel smells. The palate becomes more balanced and develops further complexity with notes of caramelised figs, dark chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla mixed with tobacco-like flavours with a finish that’s very soft and delicate.

This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up until the 1950’s, all of the Shiraz was used for producing a Port styled wine hence the near original label has been retained for this wine for posterity. The wine has a very deep black appearance with a wonderful crimson deep cherry red hue. Intense aromas of ripe, blackberry fruits, liquorice appear first followed by prune-like notes with deep spicy plum pudding characters. As it opens, deeper blackberry mulberry fruits with anise evolve combined with a lifted (and slightly ‘taily’) brandy spirit which is most appealing. The initial attack of primary fruit flavours, combined with the integrated, unwooded brandy spirit ensure the palate is full-flavoured balanced with very fine, almost tea-like tannins and the dry impact of the spirit. Just wonderful! With significant bottle age, ‘The Vintage Fortified’ made with Shiraz gains extraordinary complexity. The intense young colour becomes a lighter, more ruby-red initially, then quite amber. Fruit and brandy spirit integrate further, making way for whiffs of roses, chocolate/walnut, coffee and orange/cumquat peel smells. The palate becomes more balanced and develops further complexity with notes of caramelised figs, dark chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla mixed with tobacco-like flavours with a finish that’s very soft and delicate.

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Alcohol: 15%

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