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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 117 
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 123 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 309 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 2/7/2016 & rated 94 points: From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this deep red/garnet wine has achieved a beautiful balance of structure, fruit and tertiary aromas. With a core of dark cherry and blackberry fruit, it has now developed complimentary nuances of pipe tobacco, saddle leather, lavender and cocoa. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with medium-weight tannins which are now supple in texture, it has excellent mid-palate presence and throws no heat from its 15.0% alcohol. Closing with impressive length, this reminds me of the saying "good things come to those who wait." There is plenty enough stuffing here to allow well-cellared bottles their spotlight for at least another five years. Drink now-2021. (176 views)
 Tasted by WineCellarTV on 1/23/2016 & rated 90 points: The Dead Arm brought us back to reality after two exceptional wines. Nevertheless, a very good wine, but by far not as special as Mount Edelstone or Grange. Still youthful, it´s opening with aromas of ripe, dark berries, lilac, chocolate and a mix of spices. Balanced and delicious, but lacking excitement and fascination. Yet, a beautiful, distinct McLaren Vale Shiraz. Drink now or keep. (539 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 12/30/2015 & rated 95 points: Wine is in an amazing place. Layers of berries and cherries with a hint of vanilla on the finish. (1338 views)
 Tasted by bobh22314 on 12/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Tannins have slipped away leaving a beautiful mouthful of fruit. fills the mouth to a long finish. (687 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 12/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Worth the wait (1555 views)
 Tasted by WStucker on 11/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Throwing alot of sediment, decnt first. Is in a great place right now, no more baby fat, refined tannins. Has a few more years left, but why wait! (1615 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 11/8/2015 & rated 93 points: This remains a special bottle of Aussie Shiraz. Proof that they do age, and well! (1891 views)
 Tasted by wine4ever on 10/8/2015 & rated 94 points: Delicious. Complex, well balanced, great fruit, not too sweet, some smokiness, licorice, hint of oak, good acidity. Lots going on, and a long finish. Fresh tasting. Masculine. Old school. Drinking great right now and definitely has enough substance to last many more years. (2028 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 9/15/2015: Drinking wonderfully now. A remarkably fresh and complex wine. Dark chocolate sheen on top of a fragrant melange of plum, cassis, and lilacs. Aromas of lavender. This syrah is balanced and complex. Something to discover in every sip. (2236 views)
 Tasted by Redback on 8/15/2015: Cork in perfect condition. Double decant. Nice savoury tastes with some black fruit still evident. Most enjoyable. (2181 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 6/7/2015 & rated 93 points: plums and berries with a soft easy finish. (2797 views)
 Tasted by John Newell on 5/22/2015 flawed bottle: Way past best, bordering undrinkable. (2605 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 (4078 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. (3463 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. (3858 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 (3422 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 12/17/2014 & rated 93 points: This stuff is really just refining itself over time (3192 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 (2589 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. (3209 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. (2978 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. (2879 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) (3416 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. (2860 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 8/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Earthy with a hint of mint. Cherries and plums linger in the mouth (2665 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. (2438 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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One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale founded in 1912. The winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilising the age-old technique of foot-treading.

Winemaking duties are carried out by fourth-generation Chester d’Arenberg Osborn. In June 2004 Chester’s father, d’Arry was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contributions to the wine industry and to the McLaren Vale region. After more than 65 consecutive vintages d’Arry is very proud of his achievements in creating an internationally recognised wine brand commonly known as the ‘Red Stripe’ due to the distinctive diagonal red stripe that adorns the label. d’Arenberg’s art of being different extends to a range of fortified and dessert wines, which have legendary status worldwide.


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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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