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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2004
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 89078)
collectible wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 Decanter rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Upon release, d'Arenberg's The Dead Arm Shiraz has a vivid, young, dense purple-red color. The nose shows intense and complex cedary, fig, blackberry, blueberry, and pepper aromas.

Attacking spicy dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit dominate the taste with a complex, slightly acetone, liquorice, prune richness and silkiness leading to a slight cedar, mineral and svelte array of tannins. The length comes right back to gritty, vibrant fruit tannins giving the wine great ageability.

After time in bottle, the d'Arenberg Dead Arm gains a biscuity, cinnamon, caramel and eucalyptus based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie smells. Tobacco, mushroom, malt and earth aromas play a part on the long, fleshy, chocolate mint and spice flavors. Restrained tannin and acidity coupled with rich alcohol produce a seamless, peppery, velvety, rolling length.

"The renowned 2004 Shiraz The Dead Arm, fashioned from ancient head-pruned vines, is stunning. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of creosote/melted road tar, blackberry and cassis liqueur, pepper, and spice. This deep, rich, full-bodied, tannic Shiraz should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and will last for two decades or more. It is the finest Dead Arm since the 2001."
-The Wine Advocate

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.