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D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale 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 D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale

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Snooth User: MarioRobles
92120467
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: 97mjr
339902,159
4.00 5
03/04/2009

[Euphemia Haye: peppercorn steak] This is not a sipping wine. Didnt find it terribly tight at the start. In fact exploded out of the bottle, but still silky. Good balance considering youth and size. Concentrated. Initially offered blackberry pie, spice, blueberry, raspberry, and some heat. Evolved nicely with the tannins becoming more managable over time; by the end of the bottle opened up nicely with more fruit, sweet tannins, and some cinnamon. Will certainly improve over time, may be a 94-97. Drank over 2 hours; not decanted prior to drinking.


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


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External Reviews for D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale

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Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Wine red 2002 DArenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Magnum Australien Region: South Australia Apellation: McLaren Valley Syrah 1500 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


External Review
06/20/2014

Bright full ruby. Varietally expressive aromas of currant espresso smoke gunflint and sexy oak with a distinctly feral note. Highly concentrated dense and smoky with a strong syrah note of gunflint. Broad mouthfilling shiraz with lovely framing acidity intriguing minerality and impressively sweet tannins. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
06/20/2014

Impresses the hell out of 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 start to find things that you wish were different (for me it wants more intensity midpalate) 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? Wine Enthusiast.


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

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 hardhellip; will it blossom? Needs time, and may open, but the dark wrap is tight now.


External Review
01/03/2012

Impresses you on the first look mdash; 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 doesnrsquo;t mean that this isnrsquo;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
01/09/2013

Impresses you on the first look andmdash; 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 doesnandrsquo;t mean that this isnandrsquo;t delicious. Why not just sit back and enjoy the mocha-laden finish, and leave analysis to another day?


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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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