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Community Tasting Notes (31) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • tasted blind, almost Rhone like, good acidity and well balanced, not a typical aussie Syrah, not jammy at all, great QPR.

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  • Deep purple colour. Blackberry, anise, dark chocolate, pepper, spice, tobacco. Plenty of intriguing aromas and flavours. Full bodied in the mouth - it's a powerhouse wine. But the wine lacks some line - there's a tart flavour on the back palate - and it feels like it's drying out a bit - the gritty tannins are really prominent and almost seem to dominate. It's a good wine from a difficult drought vintage, but not a great Dead Arm.

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  • The bouquet is a bit reticent but there are dark fruits and beautiful sweet spices. On the palate good cherries and dark berry juice. Good fresh acidity, bitterness and tannin which is a bit drying in the finish. Still a bit too young. Wait 2 or 3 years. For tonight 90+

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  • Großer Shiraz. Tiefdunkel, herrlich komplex, vollmundig, kraftvoll, noch jung, braucht viel Luft, zeigt dann aber seine Größe und Länge.

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  • This 2007 dead arm shiraz displayed in dark red purple color. It's still very closed when popped and needed plenty of time to open it up.

    After about 2 hours decanting, this young baby showed its power. The nose was quite fascinating with blueberries, peppers, hints of flowers, meats, pencil, and a bit oily.

    In palate, its not a typical fruit-bomb which normally in Aussie Shiraz, high in complexity rather. Well structured, concentrated, and fairly 'stiff' with some dark chocolate, berries, peppers and some sweet minerals. Fair acidity. Medium finish.

    Not a bad shiraz, but still very youthful. Better after 2015.

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145, (See more on Vinous...)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) From magnum - dark red violet color; baked plum, tart black fruit nose; tart plum, tart black fruit palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Big black fruit, berry nose; concentrated, black fruit, berry, tar palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.

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