D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale 2002
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.
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...!
nice complexity and fruit. drinking nicely now with spice rubbed/pork. KAB loved it.
[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.
Nice full-bodied wine. Works well with lamb.
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.
one of my favorite wines
Plenty of depth in this one- still got lots of life- sensational peppery flavours ----worth seeking out
External Reviews for D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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?
Food Pairings for D'Arenburg the Dead Arm Shiraz Mcclaren Vale
Best Wine Deals
Whatcha drinking tonight?Replied
From Santa Cruz south through Monterey--coastal mountains, that isReplied
A Reverence for Georgia WinesCommented
Arsenic in our wine??Replied
Clerget Terroirs Pont du Rhone Cotes du Rhone (2011)Rated
Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro (2011)Listed
Conte Priola Chianti Riserva DOCG (2006)Wishlisted
Altesino Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Rosso di Altesino (2006)Wishlisted