Old, extremely low-yielding McLaren Vale vines are responsible for d'Arenberg's The Dead Arm Shiraz; one of McLaren Vale's flagship red wines. This iconic wine always displays the power and intensity of McLaren Vale Shiraz, yet has an elegance and refinement that few other wines from the region possess.
Selected parcels of premium fruit from across over a century of d’Arenberg’s top vineyards are artfully blended to create this stunning Shiraz. More savoury than previous vintage, the 2018 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz begins with dark fruits, damson plum, and lovely fennel seed twists. Rich balsamic glazed beets, roasted meats and jus give layers of complexity unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Superb balance. Slaty, persistent, mineral like tannins bring a generous framework for decades of cellaring. This is a wine of history and provenance. Highly collectable, The Dead Arm is considered by many to be one of the top Shiraz in Australia.
"97 Points. Medium deep crimson. Classic blackberry, dark chocolate, peat-smoke aromas. Beautifully concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso flavours, underlying peaty / roasted chestnut notes and fine grainy / graphite tannins. Finishes cedar firm, long and minerally with ferruginous notes. Very expressive with lovely fruit density and vigour. A reference vintage. Drink now-2032 14.5% alc"- Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal, December 2022.
"96 Points. Quite expressive and exotic, with red plums, blackberries and iodine, as well as dried herbs and nori, quite fragrant spices and currants. The palate has a sleek, dense and long feel, with impressive fruit intensity, delivered in such contained and impressively composed style. This has such length and intensity with a silky texture. Old vines underpin the style here. Drink over the next decade or more. Screw cap."- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, November 2022.
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