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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 99719)
collectible wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $65.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 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:

Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an 'arm' of the vine is slowly reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.

The nose is very aromatic, floral and youthful. There is a fascinating amount of intensity that draws you back. The lavender floral notes along with plum and blackberries are the most pronounced while the enigmatic beauty of this wine lies in the next layer of extremely alluring pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and hint of five spice.

The opulent palate is rich and dense with staggering concentration. Crushed ants, rhubarb, and deep earth add to the complexity. The chewy tannins are abundant and balanced by the fruit power. Building through the palate the tannins provide for a long, vibrant, savoury and spicy finish.

The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007 manages to balance focus and complexity superbly . The structure is muscular and the fruit powerful, yet it maintains a pretty elegance which is allowed to flourish with deft use of oak.

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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.