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Darenberg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mclaren Vale Ml 2002

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Upon release d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz has a vivid young deep purple colour. The nose shows intense and complex cedary, fig, blackberry and blueberry like smells occasionally pepper/spice smells too. Vanilla mocha oak smells and attacking blackberry, cassis characters are also evident on the palate. Full, intense sweet, cedary middle palate flavours have a distinctly silky, svelte texture deceptively disguises the rich powerful cassis and toffee-mocha flavours. The accent is on powerful full-bodied berry fruit flavour, with a little sweet English toffee- like oak evident on the juicy, rolling finish. After time in bottle the d’Arenberg’s Dead Arm gains a biscuity, cinnamon, caramel and eucalyptus based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie smells. Tobacco, mushrooms, malt, and earth aromas play a part on the long, elegant fleshy, chocolate mint flavours. Restrained tannin and acidity coupled with rich alcohol, produce a seamless, peppery, velvety rolling length. Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: Serve at room temperature 16 – 24 �C. now or cellar for the next 3- 25 years with bold, rich, robust meals, especially roasted meats and vegetables, stews and casseroles, offal, sweet potato, salt bush lamb, oxtail, mushrooms or truffles. Also, sausages and gravy and haricot beans on rare prime steak. Serve after decanting as an older wine.

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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 Darenberg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mclaren Vale Ml

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Snooth User: MarioRobles
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5.00 5
10/14/2008

I just tasted this wine, beautiful balance, more than enough fruit to carry the oak with elegance. After some decanting and as you drink the wine it evolves. A beautiful, powerful yet elegant example of great McLaren Vale Shiraz. With 10+ years more to go...!


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
4.00 5
03/04/2009

nice complexity and fruit. drinking nicely now with spice rubbed/pork. KAB loved it.


Snooth User: mparsons
12167069
4.50 5
01/16/2009

Nice full-bodied wine. Works well with lamb.


Snooth User: JGrapes
20028743
3.00 5
07/01/2009

This has been a much championed Australian Shiraz here in the US. Yes, it is complex and enjoyable. the overall weight didn't knock my socks off (like an Elyse Zin would) but the wine is better than average. At $62 I would not consider buying. At $22 it may be worth trying.


Snooth User: sbrownell
12707936
4.50 5
01/27/2009

one of my favorite wines


Snooth User: daskip
3025231
4.00 5
08/15/2007

Plenty of depth in this one- still got lots of life- sensational peppery flavours ----worth seeking out


Snooth User: ibex
18616430
0.50 5
05/26/2009

Ham fisted fruit bomb. Sweet and dense, might be OK with BBQ spare ribs, since it won't get in the way of the sauce.


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External Reviews for Darenberg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mclaren Vale Ml

External Review
01/03/2012

Drsquo;Arenbergrsquo;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 3ndash;5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

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: 2009andndash;2020.


External Review
06/20/2014

The 2002 The 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


External Review
01/03/2012

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: 2009ndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2002 - D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Magnum - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: McLaren Valley - Syrah - 1500 ml.


External Review
09/22/2010

After re-tasting the 2002 The Dead Arm Shiraz, I believe my initial rating is correct. It still plays it close to the vest, exhibiting loads of cassis, asphalt, smoke, and barbecue spice-like aromas a... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm 750ml


External Review
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.


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Upon release d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz has a vivid young deep purple colour. The nose shows intense and complex cedary, fig, blackberry and blueberry like smells occasionally pepper/spice smells too. Vanilla mocha oak smells and attacking blackberry, cassis characters are also evident on the palate. Full, intense sweet, cedary middle palate flavours have a distinctly silky, svelte texture deceptively disguises the rich powerful cassis and toffee-mocha flavours. The accent is on powerful full-bodied berry fruit flavour, with a little sweet English toffee- like oak evident on the juicy, rolling finish. After time in bottle the d’Arenberg’s Dead Arm gains a biscuity, cinnamon, caramel and eucalyptus based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie smells. Tobacco, mushrooms, malt, and earth aromas play a part on the long, elegant fleshy, chocolate mint flavours. Restrained tannin and acidity coupled with rich alcohol, produce a seamless, peppery, velvety rolling length. Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: Serve at room temperature 16 – 24 �C. now or cellar for the next 3- 25 years with bold, rich, robust meals, especially roasted meats and vegetables, stews and casseroles, offal, sweet potato, salt bush lamb, oxtail, mushrooms or truffles. Also, sausages and gravy and haricot beans on rare prime steak. Serve after decanting as an older wine.

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