d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007
The nose is very aromatic, floral and youthful. There is a fascinating amount of... View More
Deep, dark red-purple; a very powerful wine proclaiming its regional origin with a strong overlay of dark chocolate, licorice and earth to the underlying blackberry fruit; stringent selection of grapes/wine has paid dividends. Screwcap.
The Dead Arm is Chester Osborn's punchdrunk love song to his most ancient and physically challenged shiraz vines. Even in McLaren's difficult 2007 vintage, they produced a pretty astonishing wine. Its succulent raspberry flavor meets vibrant and sweet mineral character as the tannins sweep into the finish. Concentrated, supple and powerfully rich, this is a wine to buy in magnum and to serve at ten years of age with grilled lamb.
Opaque ruby. Deep, pungent aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, cola, graphite and potpourri. Lush and creamy in texture, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and building notes of licorice and candied flowers. Gentle tannins frame the fruit and extend through an impressively long, sappy finish. This is suave enough to drink right now.
D'Arenberg's flagship is the 2007 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose gives up aromas of meat, game, truffles, chocolate, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands 5-7 years of cellaring. It will be at its best from 2015 to 2027.
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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
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