In the bouquet a very mature wine with some faint dark berries, chocolate, tea and coffee. On the palate very mature as well with flavors like chocolate, cinnamon, tea and autumn forest floor. Ok acidity, some sweetness and very soft tannin. Improves in the glass a bit with some more air, but overall this bottle was a bit too old, so no score. I don´t know the history of this bottle.
Have been a big fan of this shiraz for 10+ years. This was the first vintage I bought and have since bought in most years up to 2007. Still have about 5 bottles left of the 1999, and it is still my favourite year. Typically big (but not too in your face) blueberry, black cherry and mint nose. It retains its thickness and darkness in the glass. Long finish. A bit dry at the end. This most recent bottle strengthens my view that this wine will get no better, and may even be fading slowly. Very enjoyable (it is my go to wine at dinner parties to show off what decent rounded shiraz can taste like, together with Ben Glaetzer's wines) but I've never thought it has quite deserved its lofty Parker points (96).
Excellent. A huge 14.5% alc. Colour: black berry, starting to brown Bouquet: sweet spicey red and blue fruits, blueberry, black cherry, black olives, soy, pencil shavings and vanilla Palates: as bouquet, huge soft tannins, big bodied, very long clean uplifted acid finish December 2014
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(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Group's #4 (my #7) – 38 pts.; 1, 2, 2, 1 – dark red violet color beginning to brick with pale meniscus; plum and deep blueberry nose; mulberry, tart boysenberry, tart plum palate; medium finish (a little stiff right now)
(D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) Deep red-purple. Wow, what a nose! An intense, powerful concentration of aromas, with chocolate, berries, spice and oak. There's a touch of eucalyptus and some smouldering charcoal. The palate is a combination of power and structure. A massive wine, there is a pile of meaty flavours and ripe fruit backed by some already integrating tannins and correct acidity. This is another wine which, whilst approachable now, should be kept by those that do not like such tannic reds.
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