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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 64 
Producerd'Arenberg (web)
DesignationThe Dead Arm
RegionSouth Australia
AppellationMcLaren Vale
UPC Code(s)767749002060, 767749002411, 9311832391008, 9311832391107

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2026 (based on 121 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See d`Arenberg Shiraz Dead Arm McLaren Vale on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.5 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 294 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by mlawren1 on 6/7/2015 & rated 93 points: plums and berries with a soft easy finish. (1172 views)
 Tasted by John Newell on 5/22/2015 flawed bottle: Way past best, bordering undrinkable. (1231 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/30/2015 & rated 91 points: Dégustation Henschke : Mount Edelstone Shiraz et Hill of Grace Shiraz: J'ai toujours eu une relation amour-haine avec ce vin!

C'est à cause de la note nettement exagérée de Parker (98+), qui laissait espérer un très grand vin. Une fois qu'on a fait un deuil de cette idée, il reste un fort beau vin, à prix raisonnable. C'est plein et savoureux, puissant mais sans excès, le vieillissement lui a enlevé le coté extrême (over-the-top) qu'il avait en jeunesse et il me parait bien équilibré, tout en restant clairement un vin Australien bien mûr, qu'on ne prendra jamais pour un Hermitage! L'âge l'a bien dompté, sans toutefois lui apporter une grande complexité. Il faut quand même reconnaitre que c'est fort bon. 91 pts (2923 views)
 Tasted by Naplesgolfer on 1/24/2015 & rated 93 points: Fresh and balanced for a Aussie Shiraz. I had this in it's youth and this was a closed monster of tannin and acid, really improved. Deep and spicy with a touch of earthiness. (2605 views)
 Tasted by jdbooth on 12/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Still youthful and better on the second day of being open. Medium- to full-bodied. Nicely balanced and I dare say restrained for a McLaren Vale Shiraz. It does seem that this wine is still early in its drinking window, no sign of the fruit drying out. Oak is well integrated. (3207 views)
 Tasted by mychurch on 12/18/2014 & rated 94 points: Double decanted at 9am and drank 12 hours later. Fresher and fruitier than the 98. Good cassis nose and well balanced. Drinking well now (2907 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 12/17/2014 & rated 93 points: This stuff is really just refining itself over time (2695 views)
 Tasted by Roughl on 11/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Best bottle yet really fine. Next time I ll compare with a nice aged hermitage (2065 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 10/13/2014 & rated 95 points: Extraordinary!! Opaque, inky, tooth staining purple with dense, rich, unctuous cassis, leather, tobacco, loamy earth, spice and chalky tannins on the long, satisfying finish. Drinking beautifully tonight with just abit of double decanting. This is in a good place, but it is a full throttle Aussie Shiraz that's not for the timid. (2697 views)
 Tasted by ghood on 9/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Classy Aussie Shiraz. Lots of spice, black fruits, herbs, tobacco. Still has some tannin and nice acid lift. Lots going on and reigned in unlike so many reds from down under. Really nice. (2496 views)
 Tasted by wineamateur on 9/14/2014 & rated 93 points: This has really begun to show its stuff. A few years ago I found the wine very tightly wound and unyielding, with over-emphatic acidity, but today everything was very much in balance, and there was beautiful purity of fruit on the nose, some nice tar notes alongside, and a round and giving mouthfeel. Excellent - and real class. (2393 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 9/10/2014 & rated 98 points: A sensational wine which tonight combines power, fruit, elegance and maturity. The nose reveals mature dark fruit like blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry. There is also a subtle tone of raspberry combined with beeswax and soft leather. After a while a spiciness emerges accompanied by mint and soft green tones. There is a lovely complexity in this effort which will most likely continue to increase. The palate at first makes a clean and rather fresh impression but after some time in the glass the age moves forward. A soft, silky and very elegant expression is what is left when I finish the glass. The structure tells me this effort will last for many more years and probably continue to develop, but it certainly drinks nicely tonight too.

(Tasted in a flight with 2006 Delas Les Bessards, 2001 D'Arenberg Dead Arm and 1998 Torbreck RunRig) (2889 views)
 Tasted by Paytondogger on 9/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Pop and pour. Holy cow . What a great wine from the start. Gorgeous violet bouquet . Immediately appealing with black currant and blackberry backbone. Great mouthwatering acidity. Notes of bing cherry mid-palate and 20 second finish of black fruit and black tea. Tannins are just sturdy enough to hold all the flavors together without the pucker. (2399 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 8/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Earthy with a hint of mint. Cherries and plums linger in the mouth (2220 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 8/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Rich, ripe, concentrated and deeply flavored, but without the power of a prior bottle. Just a bit syrupy, but spectacular flavors of dark fruits - cassis and cherry, with some licorice, kirsch, cocoa and vanilla. Nice balance and seamless, but without the backbone needed to complement all the ripe, rich fruit. Smooth texture with round edges. Fruity, sweet, long finish. (1985 views)
 Tasted by wine4ever on 8/21/2014 flawed bottle: Slightly corked. Fortunately the juice was so good it was still enjoyable. (1841 views)
 Tasted by mnoljo on 8/2/2014: An off bottle (2083 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 8/1/2014 flawed bottle: Opened by Mark. An off bottle. Nose of burnt hair. Not corked but just not showing what I would expect. 5th time I have had this wine. No rating. (2020 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 6/25/2014 & rated 94 points: This wine just gets better with age! (2494 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 6/15/2014 & rated 86 points: Although this wine was okay, it was nowhere near the quality of previous bottles. Maybe some minor flaw? (2455 views)
 Tasted by fredman on 5/14/2014 & rated 90 points: 24 hour decant (it needed it). Black plums and prunes were in the forefront. As the wine evolved, more blackberry jam and black raspberry began to show itself. Certainly not a disappointing bottle but not a standout either. (2738 views)
 Tasted by drunken sommelier on 5/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted with WEST Level 3 class. Deep garnet in colour. Pronounced intensity nose dominated by violet, licorice and clove along with lavender, black cherry, bramble, blueberry, black currant, black grape, strawberry, fig, sultana, smoke, charred wood, leather, mint and eucalyptus. High acidity, high tannins and full bodied. Black fruit, licorice, nutmeg, clove, cedar, vanilla, kirsh, chocolate, smoke and mint on the palate. Long finish. Many more years left on this wine - outstanding! (2666 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 4/23/2014: A tight nose of dark fruit, with some floral tones emerging. The wine is viscous, almost the consistency of young port, still darkly colored with no sign of aging. Better on the second day, but still remarkably monolithic, yielding still tannic bright fruit and heavier meaty flavors, only hinting at complexity now. Small sips show the wine better at this stage. Didn't expect to say it, but this wine seems to need more time in the bottle. (2964 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 4/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Dead Arm Vertical dinner (Ola Cocina Del Mar, Marina Bay Financial Centre): Dark garnet with vivid glossy hues, subtle nose of black fruits, plums interwoven with herbaceous, earth, oak and hints of chocolate. Sweet ripe fruits on palate with balance notes of coffee and vanilla oak. Palate here is showing better than the nose. It has a nice balance overall, mellow with soft ripe fruits after more than 10 years of aging. (2767 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 2/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Really nice! Hoping it will continue to improve (3242 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/16/2004)
(D'Arenberg, The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (10/12/2003)
(d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/25/2008)
(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Group's #2 (my #3) – 35 pts.; 1, 2, 3, 0 – dark red violet color; ripe plum nose with smoke and charcoal; tasty, ripe but elegant berry, boysenberry palate, with tangy acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/7/2004)
(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Big blackberry, cassis nose; lovely, tight cassis palate, sweet tannins; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/29/2004)
(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Asian spices, tawny, caramel, restrained nose; caramelized onion, pork, blueberry, coffee and caramel palate; medium-plus finish  96 points
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The Dead Arm

The Story Behind The Name

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 slowly becomes 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 Winemaking

Each batch of fruit received is gently crushed in our Demoisy open-mouthed, rubber-toothed crusher so as many of the berries as possible remain whole. After crushing, the must is transferred to open fermenters where the seeds and skins are permanently submerged beneath the free run juice.
The must receives no plunging or pumping over while fermentation occurs. Once the primary fermentation is nearly complete, traditional foot-treading takes place prior to basket-pressing. The wine is then transferred to barrel to complete its primary and secondary fermentation.
After 20 months every barrel is individually assessed for quality.
Only the best barrels are selected to be bottled as The Dead Arm Shiraz.


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