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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • W&S93
  • ST92
  • RP92
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Winemaker Notes

Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an 'arm' of the vine is slowly reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.

The nose is very aromatic, floral and youthful. There is a fascinating amount of... View More

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

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.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

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.

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

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.

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

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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d'Arenberg, , Australia
d'Arenberg
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus... View More

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...

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The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.