James Suckling 96Review Score 94Angus Hughson 93Halliday 92
McLaren Vale

2018 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz

$462.00
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6 x 750ml
Quite expressive and exotic, with red plums, blackberries and iodine, as well as dried herbs and nori, quite fragrant spices and currants. The palate has a sleek, dense and long feel, with impressive fruit intensity, delivered in such contained and impressively composed style. This has such length and intensity with a silky texture. Old vines underpin the style here. Drink over the next decade or more. Screw cap. Read more
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James Suckling

Quite expressive and exotic, with red plums, blackberries and iodine, as well as dried herbs and nori, quite fragrant spices and currants. The palate has a sleek, dense and long feel, with impressive fruit intensity, delivered in such contained and impressively composed style. This has such length and intensity with a silky texture. Old vines underpin the style here. Drink over the next decade or more. Screw cap.

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94 POINTS
Winestate
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93 POINTS
Angus Hughson
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92 POINTS
Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine Companion

Once the top of the tree. Today, usurped by a slew of single-vineyard offerings, at least in terms of price. Crushed black rock, licorice straps, clove and boysenberry. The tannins, more resolved than in past experiences. Fresher and less forced, too. Bravo! Forceful, to be sure. This is a wine with a future, for those who like warm-climate, powerful Australian shiraz.

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

Let’s get serious. Selected parcels of premium fruit from across over a century of d’Arenberg’s top vineyards are artfully blended to create this stunning Shiraz. More savoury than previous Dead Arms, the 2018 begins with dark fruits, damson plum, and lovely fennel seed twists. Rich balsamic glazed beets, roasted meats and jus give layers of complexity unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Superb balance. Slaty, persistent, mineral like tannins bring a generous framework for decades of cellaring. This is a wine of history and provenance. Highly collectable, The Dead Arm is considered by many to be one of the top Shiraz in Australia

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Winemakers Note

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.

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Delivery Details

Marketplace Product: Dispatch from Sydney warehouse in approximately 5 business days. Vintages for Marketplace items are subject to change, and we cannot guarantee the specific vintage you ordered will be delivered. Generally, the latest available vintage will be delivered to you.


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