Red

1998 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Shiraz

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Fleurieu
  • McLaren Vale
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Community Tasting Notes 215

  • Handy1 Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 22, 2019 - First experience with 21 year old Australian wine. Very smooth spicey shiraz. Black cherry smell plum and taste. At peak drink up no reason to wait. Lovely with steak. Great bottle!!

  • Derek Darth Taster Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 11, 2019 - Last minute late night at Chateau Davyd. Tasted blind.
    Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
    Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with aromas of blackberry jam, black cherries, black olives, smoke, briar. Developed.
    On the palate, dry, high acidity, high alcohol (14.5%), velvety smooth high tannins, full body. Pronounced flavour intensity, with flavours of blackberry jam, black cherries, black olives, black tarry earth, black pepper spices. Long finish
    Very good quality. Guessed Australian Shiraz, not Barossa Valley though. Narrowed down to McLaren Vale but not Mollydooker style. So I guessed Dead Arm 2005/06. Wow this is 1998?! Still much life left for another 4-5 years.

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  • hargy Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 27, 2019 - certainly mature but at least a few years of life left - lovely wine -unmistakably Australian

  • Lype Likes this wine:

    February 19, 2019 - The nose is disturbingly dirty but the taste is clean, maybe even Pauillac-like and classic, tobacco, perfumy, elegant, tannins are still clearly present, I liked this one quite a bit.

  • Ran-Dom-Perignon wrote: 93 points

    February 19, 2019 - Nose: woody, ripe raspberry, coffee, dates, baking spices
    Body++, tannins++, acid+, intnsity+, length+, still very young wine
    Palate: ripe raspberry, boysenberry, coffee, red cherry, spicy

    Still quiet young

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  • By Mike Bennie
    11/19/2016 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008 (link) 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/25/2008 (link) 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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2002 (link) 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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer d'Arenberg
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation The Dead Arm
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Fleurieu
  • Appellation McLaren Vale
  • UPC Codes 000000406932, 767749002060

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  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,777 (56%)
  • Consumed 1,375 (44%)

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Aivan mahtava, Duck, hard cheese, Red meats, roast vege, Steak

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