Red

2013 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Shiraz

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Fleurieu
  • McLaren Vale
Drink between 2020 - 2031 (Edit)
CT89.9 43 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • joraesque wrote: 84 points

    July 24, 2021 - Quite a bit musty upon opening—"dead arm" (see back label) mustiness? 🤔
    With a little air, this begins resembling a hot climate (e.g. Sierra Foothills) old-vine Zinfandel, that is, without the pruniness; the out of balance heat is also there, though not as bad as the 14.6% ABV would suggest.
    With 30 more minutes of air, I can finally start sensing some of that Aussie fruit underneath the rot.
    Certainly an oddball (and not in an endearing way) of a McLaren Vale Syrah, in my book.
    81-84
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    PS. The Garagiste/Jon Rimmerman's coattailing off Harlan when offloading this bottling that's bordering on swill is quite deplorable: "With a 20 year record of 90pt or more accolades from the WA (from various reviewers, not just Bob), it’s safe to say that d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz is one of the most consistent examples in all of Australia. Think about that for a moment – 20 years without a sub 90pt vintage? As far as the New World is concerned, that’s as Old Guard as it gets (there are top wineries in the US that haven’t been around for 20 years, let alone with that score record. Harlan, yes, but that’s $400+/bottle!" 🤦🏼‍♂️
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    24 hours later this is exhibiting less rot, though it's still there, quite noticeably on the finish. Acidity now seems to be at the forefront.
    83-85

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  • Camvin Likes this wine:

    April 14, 2021 - Exceptionnel 92/100

  • winoman1 wrote: 90 points

    December 21, 2020 - Course and concentrated, an atypical Australian red. This is easily the driest wine I've had in years. Maybe ever. Heaps of earth an herb. Dusty cocoa, stemmy eucalyptus, "bay leaf." Ok, I dove straight in, but this took quite a while to mellow. The fruit (red and dark berry) was not in the foreground on this wine, which was very high in acid and tannins. My tounge was almost sore! Sure there was some balance issues here, but it was nice to see it open from "cedar" into bitter dark chocolate and barn. Very tight, those dry notes got juicy after a while. Quite a while...this wine took patience but scores high for uniqueness. Pepper. Eventually it started to taste like a recognizable Shiraz.

  • fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 12, 2020 - Delicious, but even after 4 hours open it’s drinking like it was just bottled. Big tannins, fruit, and alcohol power. Saving half a bottle for tomorrow and I know it will be better.
    Day 2: things have smoothed out to good measure but there is still a lot of tension and grip, so if I had more of these I would hold another 3-5 years before trying again. It should be a real beauty in maturity.
    5+12+17+9= 93

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • HCPA Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 4, 2020 - Dark fruit, peppery and a bit of leather. Taut tannin, but still very luscious on the palate. Will buy again and let it age more:

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer d'Arenberg
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation The Dead Arm
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Fleurieu
  • Appellation McLaren Vale

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 879 (72%)
  • Consumed 334 (27%)

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