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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 47 
Producerd'Arenberg (web)
DesignationThe Dead Arm
RegionSouth Australia
AppellationMcLaren Vale
UPC Code(s)767749002060, 767749002411, 9311832391008

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2027 (based on 100 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 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 242 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by mgstull on 5/3/2015 & rated 93 points: 1 hour decant. roasted meat, blackberry, blueberry, and white pepper. Smooth with smooth mouthfeel. . Finish goes on and on. (957 views)
 Tasted by JChan on 4/19/2015 & rated 88 points: Good nose. Sweet dark fruits dominates. Full bodied but short in finish. Dead arm 2002 is more superior than this 2006.. (1302 views)
 Tasted by amenenberg on 4/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Not a lot of notes. Needed two hour decant to begin opening up, but then sang. Deep, dark Shiraz with red and black fruits along with chocolate and espresso on the nose and palate. Palate adds licorice, pencil lead smoke and tar. Big structure, firm tannins with well-matched acidity. Medium extraction, there is some decent finesse in this lush, even creamy, wine. The finish lasts for a long time. Just starting to hit a nice drinking window that will extend for a good 5+ years. All-around good wine but nothing in the way of uniqueness. (1838 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 3/28/2015 & rated 92 points: During a tasting event. Medium purple with ruby rim. Typical Barossa nose of torrefaction, cassis, wood, licorice. Full bodied with soft tannins and appropriate acidity, medium length. This is a well-made wine for sure but not at the level of the best Aussie Shiraz. (1765 views)
 Tasted by Martysfo on 3/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Great bottle. As it opened up, there were jammy notes of bacon and roasted meat, plum and cassis. The wine was rich on the palate with distinct acidity and a long finish. Wine was entering it peak drinking window. Great stuff and I have one more bottle. (1766 views)
 Tasted by globi on 3/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Suprise! I didn't expect that level of quality ! Top fruit quality and precision ! 15% alcohol, i couldn't tell at all. Drink over the next 10 years ! (2105 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 2/23/2015: see 11/5/2014 notes. Same. 92 (2032 views)
 Tasted by Cycle Man on 1/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Not my wife favorite but I enjoyed it. Big wine! Needs some food to compliment and enjoy to its fullest. (2131 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 1/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Tasted this at the 2006 Australian Shiraz Barossa Valley vs McLaren Vale tasting at Extra Space Boon Keng last night. This wine was pitted against the 2006 Torbreck Shiraz The Struie.

Big, juicy, with meaty notes. Rounded with some rough edges. The heat was evident in this wine. The fresh acidity makes the consumer salivating for more.

As compared to The Struie, this wine was more powerful and contains riper fruits. (2355 views)
 Tasted by benny on 1/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted for one hour. Drinking well now but will still age. Aromas of floral blueberry. Intense and bold on the palate. Strong fruit on the finish. Blackberry,chokecherry and a touch of spicy cranberry. I enjoy this wine. (2217 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 11/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Blackberries, dark woods, earth, spicy, leather. Deep, layered flavors. Forward fruit but not jammy. Dark purple color. A,delight to drink. (doris- too tannic. Possibly spicy) (3665 views)
 Tasted by peterk on 10/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Deep, dark, rich, powerful - better on day 3 than on day 1, so may be best to wait; however, I'll decant another bottle soon. (3578 views)
 Tasted by CarpeVinum on 10/11/2014 & rated 89 points: Tasted with Coravin and was ready to drink. Was very good over the first two hours and then lost its fruit and became flat. Not sure what happened (2956 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 9/25/2014: Picking some Australian Shiraz (plus a private dinner) (Vila Viniteca - Madrid): Really closed up. Aromas of asphalt, black olives too.
I can't find that laughing magpie's creaminess anywhere.
I think it needs time plus taking some air in order to show how it really is.
Same story on the palate, astringent and drier.
When finishing disgusting plastic smells...

Cerrado. Aromas a asfalto, a olivas negras. No encuentro la cremosidad de aquellas laughing magpie.
Creo que necesita mucho tiempo aireándose para mostrarse, también en boca: astringente y secante.
Al final desagradables olores a plástico. (4088 views)
 Tasted by fredman on 9/1/2014 & rated 91 points: 1 1/2 hr decant, using a screen to filter out most of the sediment. Fruit forward with good balance and a medium-long finish. Certainly still a big boy but not as over the top as some Dead Arm's I've had in the past. Probably has more than a few years of life left but nothing wrong with drinking now. (3467 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/16/2014: Wine with Grilled Meat (Chez Whitehead - Northbrook IL): Lots of ripe fruit everywhere with plenty of liqueur. Certainly well made, but the intense ripeness is not exactly my preferred style. (2977 views)
 Tasted by Kerino on 6/29/2014 & rated 89 points: A little tar, plenty of sweet and a burst of tannin to open up with. Not sure about this baby. Still early but the bones are lacking IMHO. Won't be rushing for my other ones. Not atypical Aussie fruit bomb but not that close to the Rhone motherland. (3224 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 6/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Here we go again, this time celebrating Sweden Day with a sprinkle of Australian flair.

It's striking how the palate is dominated by Sicilian blood oranges... Rich, intense, elegant, fruit driven, young, promising... And Dill...

Digging under the hood we drag out fine anise seeds, some small rubber, M++ acids, M+ tannin and a mineral character best described as very dry, crumbling, clay soil. Small bitter tinge crown the long finish.

Aaah! What a wine to write home about, but also a wine that will favor the keepers. Even if I can't say whether I'd go for a pure Oz wine or mistake it for a neo-Rioja. The dill really is a game changer here, meaning Oz is growing in its strength as a producer of extreme quality wines. Me like!

On second thought: this is a Shiraz that embodies everything that modern Tempranillio wants to become (at at least twice the price).

Three more, looking forward to the next one in ~2017, when we expect to experience early maturity. IF you care what others write, just forget about this wine until after 2020.

(Greatly preferred over today's 2000 Sandrone Le Vigne.) (3526 views)
 Tasted by D.Callahan on 5/26/2014 & rated 92 points: The nose is somewhat reticent but opens up to tarry, meaty notes with just a hint remaining of blackberry and blueberry fruit. The palate hits with a bang of acid and alcohol initially before the fruit, meat and graphite kick in. In spite of the upfront bang the overall palate is very enjoyable with deep fruit and savory flavors melding into complex whole. The finish is medium length and ends on a very nice slightly mineral note. After the first few sips the upfront bang becomes less noticeable and the overall experience ascends to new heights. (3304 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 5/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 1.5 hours. Aromas of blackberry, black plum, mocha and spice. Blackberry, plum, red licorice, chocolate and spice combine with soft tannins. Rich, dense texture that leads to a long finish. Paired with macaroni and cheese. (2738 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 4/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Big, dark, spicy fruit. Maybe just a touch hot, but overall drinking very well right now. (3264 views)
 Tasted by andrewdl on 4/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Fantastic but up against Armagh. (2497 views)
 Tasted by eluebchow on 3/28/2014 & rated 92 points: A dark and brooding wine, with intense flavors of blackberries, chocolate and plums, with enough acidity and freshness to keep everything in balance (2832 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 2/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Dead Arm has been sleeping in my cellar for four years. Today, for SuperBowl, I opened the first bottle. Boom. This is ready to begin. Deep garnet with light ruby at the edge, with powerful legs. Dark berries and fall brambles on the nose. Blueberries, blackberries, cassis, and cinnamon on the palate, backed by distinctive tannins (which are well integrated, but showing a strength that promises at least another decade of maturity). The finish lasts on and on, with cracked pepper on the finale). (3848 views)
 Tasted by slippytoad on 1/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Probably at its peak, last bottle. Definitely the best of the bunch. (3610 views)
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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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