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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91, (See more on Vinous...)

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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) A very dark hue when poured, and it seems to have plenty of youthful pigment too; it is well into the red-garnet part of the spectrum, and I immediately have more optimism for this wine than the disjointed 1997 which was in last year's tasting. The nose has a porty style, with dried blueberries and cranberries (strangely, on reviewing my note I see that this was exactly how I began with the 1997 last year). You can also sense the spirit here, but it seems powerful rather than awkward, and alongside it there are notes of mint, chocolate, vanilla and more. This impression continues on the palate, which has rich, dried red fruits, with all these other rich aromas. It has a creamy substance, backed up by plenty of ripe and soft tannins, and a little grip struggling to gain some attention at the very finish. It has piles more appeal than the 1997, and technically this is very good wine. But I find it very difficult to score, as over the years my palate has certainly moved away from favouring huge and saucy fruit bombs such as this. It remains painfully youthful, and I wonder if it wouldn't be a greater wine in another five or ten years time? I will score it with that in mind, rather than its rather tarty showing at present.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/25/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Group's #6 (my #4) – 45 pts.; 0, 3, 0, 1 – dark red violet color; roasted meat and blackberry liqueur nose; tasty, juicy, boysenberry, sweet meat jus palate with depth; medium-plus finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2002, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) Very deep, dark and purple-black. This is the least expressive wine of this trio, being very closed at the moment. There are some hard fruit aromas on the nose, but little else apparent. The palate has superb structure, with strong tannins and fine acidity in balance. There's plenty of texture, with hard, youthful fruit which should go the distance. Although not showing its best tonight, this wine has promise. I suspect five to ten years in the cellar would do it justice.

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