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    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz - McLaren Vale, Australia

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    • JH95
    • RP95
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 Australian Wine Companion, 93 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 95875

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Aromas of plum, red cherries and blueberries mingle with white and green pepper against a backdrop of fine oak. The ripe palate leads with dark berries, blood plums and black olives, tight and controlled with edges of dried garden herbs and gritty, mineral tannins.

    Critical Acclaim:

    d'Arenberg's flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036. d'Arenberg has been owned and operated by the Osborn family since its inception in 1912. The portfolio, with a focus on the Rhone varieties, is wide ranging and value-oriented from top to bottom. The winery produces a bevy of value priced reds and whites that were reviewed in Issue 178. They should not be overlooked. At the higher end of the portfolio there is one white wine on which to report.
    95+

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    The Dead Arm rarely fails to deliver an uncompromising essay on McLaren fruit; deeply concentrated with levels of dark chocolate, blackberry, nuances of florals and a freshness that belies its weight and power. Good value.

    95 Points
    Australian Wine Companion

    Opaque ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with suave graphite and anise qualities adding complexity. Deep and rich but also focused, with powerful dark berry preserve flavors and a late kick of iron. There's lots going on here, and this energetic wine is still painfully young. Finishes with mounting sweetness and a strong echo of minerals.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Lush and ripe, with an earthy animal component to the generous cherry, currant and exotic spice flavors that keep sailing on the long, supple finish. Drink now through 2016. 2,500 cases imported.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Because of its often formidable structure, d'Arenberg's The Dead Arm is a difficult wine to evaluate when young. The 2006 is dark and extracted, with intense cassis, coffee and chocolate notes but not much complexity or elegance. Those should come with time; the firmness of the lingering finish suggests cellaring through 2014.

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    User Reviews:

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    Jack Johnson (1/5/2011)
    This wine has tremendous flavor and power. It goes down really smooth that lasts. I typically drink softer/lighter wines, but after tasting this, I realized what I've been missing in a good Shiraz. This wine will not upset and is extremely satisfying.
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    Brian Bly (9/28/2010)
    I bought this wine for the 1st time and drank it on the "from here to eternity beach" in Oahu with my Fiancee -- in a plastic cup!....at the first sip I was like are you kidding me....awesome - I've had it many times since and it never disappoints me...
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    Dennis Statz (11/18/2010)
    I love this wine. The price was great! It is alway fantastic.
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    Guy Stephens (11/5/2010)
    Bought this to lay down for a few years and have not opened a bottle yet. Based on what I know about The Dead Arm, this should be spectacular. I probably won't open the first bottle for five years.
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    MichiganCliffy (4/23/2011)
    d'Arenberg is one of our favorite vineyards, they are producing some wonderful wines, and this is no exception. A wonderfully smooth shiraz, with a fantastic finish... We need to order more to cellar :)
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    vganzi (11/3/2010)
    I've had this wine before and it is perfect with any meal. My first sip of it came years ago when it was an little known brand in the States but already quite popular in Australia.
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    jsehl (11/2/2010)
    ...to drink now. Bought a few bottles and opened one. Shows a lot of promise.
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    Physiatrist (3/17/2011)
    Generally good, complex taste and flavors: took a while for the wine to open up, reviews elsewhere suggest storage in a cellar for a decade or more!
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    Towelie (4/29/2011)

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