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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85, (See more on Vinous...)

    (d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale) Subscribe to see review text.

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/25/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Group's #7 (my #5) – 49 pts.; 1, 0, 3, 4 – medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; soy sauce, redolent plum and sweet berry nose; tasty, berry, boysenberry palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 14 points

    (D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) And so to the famed Dead Arm. A very dark wine, and on the nose aromas of hot, dry, baked blueberries. It is rather port-like in character I think, and again I find rather meaty, feral characteristics, together with a spirity side. Rich, creamy, viscous even on the palate, laden with coffee flavour, a characteristic which has marked all three of these wines. But also it seems a little hot to me, and disjointed, with rather brutal acidity, culminating in a really bitter, acid-dominated finish. The midpalate shows some nice cinnamon touches, but there is a hollowness to it. Still a lot of tannin floating about, but I can't be convinced that this wine is going anywhere. However successful it was in its youth (and I certainly wrote about all three of these wines in a positive fashion), it seems a mess right now. Is it just my palate, or has age really done these three no favours?
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2002, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) Another deeply coloured wine, with a wonderfully expressive nose. Macerated berry fruit, chocolate, black pepper and cinnamon spice aromas on the nose. The palate is loaded with fruit, with more spice and pepper. There are ripe, structural tannins, with correct, balanced acidity. Despite a rich, mouthfilling texture, this wine even has a touch of elegance, and holds my interest well. Great length. Keep for three to five years before trying again.

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