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.
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.
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(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.