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(D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)) The D'Arenberg wines - mainly Dead Arm but also Coppermine Road - haven't really performed well in my ten year on tastings. The 1999 showed quite well, but not the 1998 nor the 1997. Thankfully this wine perhaps shows just why Dead Arm is so popular. A dark hue, with early maturity, and a delightful nose in the same vein. There are aromas of sweet roasted blackberry and cherry fruits, perfumed with melted tar, mint, dark chocolate and eucalyptus. I expected the palate to be overly sweet and blowsy, but in fact it has a really good definition and clean lines, rich but not fat. You can sense the extract, the solid substance at the core of the wine, the roasted-meaty fruit and the liquorice and tar. Good acidity, rather firmly expressed along with a little heat reflecting the wine's 14.5% on the finish, but otherwise this is a really good glass of wine.
(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Group's #5 (my #2) – 40 pts.; 1, 1, 1, 1 – dark red violet color; charcoal, black fruit and VA nose, that changes to a ripe cherry and chocolate nose; blackberry, blueberry, black fruit and charcoal palate; medium-plus finish
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