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. d'Arenberg believes that this is a
natural part of vineyard life. One half, or arm of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood.
That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side display amazing intensity.
Vintage 2005 could be summarized as a vintage that ripened without interruptions. The resulting
wines are tight with amazing red fruit fragrance and lovely acidity. Crops yields were above average
although slightly under the 2004 vintage.
Only the best barrels of Shiraz are selected to be bottled as The Dead Arm. The 2005 Dead Arm
displays intense cedar, fig, blackberry, blueberry, and pepper aromas. Perfectly structured with a long
and rich framework, it will yield this wine great aging power. After time in the bottle, the Dead Arm
gains a biscuity, cinnamon, caramel and eucalyptus based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie smells.
Tobacco, mushroom, malt, spice and earth flavors play a complementary part on the long, fleshy