2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm 750ml

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2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)

($65) Bright full ruby. Varietally expressive aromas of currant, espresso, smoke, gunflint and sexy oak, with a distinctly feral note. Highly concentrated, dense and smoky, with a strong syrah note of gunflint. Broad, mouthfilling shiraz with lovely framing acidity, intriguing minerality and impressively sweet tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Wine Advocate | 93

After re-tasting the 2002 The Dead Arm Shiraz, I believe my initial rating is correct. It still plays it close to the vest, exhibiting loads of cassis, asphalt, smoke, and barbecue spice-like aromas along with full-bodied flavors. While well-made and impressive, it remains backward and restrained, and does not appear to be up to the quality of either the 2003 or the great 2001.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 161

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Wine Spectator | 92

Rich, complex, but not at all heavy-handed, a plush, heady mouthful of black cherry, blackberry, menthol and a wee touch of forest mushroom, all mingling in a rich finish that lasts and lasts. 500 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2004-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 91
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 15
Tasted On: 09/02/2013
Score: 90
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/02/2013

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Score: 93
Author: RickF
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/31/2011
Score: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 12/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2028
93 RP
Score: 84
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/06/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Site Blog: The Wine Forum Well, this just proves to me that I won't be buying much Aussie wines to age soon. I have not bought Aussie wine in years and this was my last bottle of it in my collection. I had the 04 last year and it was a great wine, not heavy, not sweet. Oh well. Great nose but the fruit has completely fallen out - mostly tannin and acidity left on the palate. Color: Medium to dark color, red edges Nose & Palate: Tar and flowers, blackberry, spicy pepper and earth...crumbles after an hour on decanter...
More Vintages and Sizes of D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm:

2001 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)

About This Producer


In 1984, head winemaker Chester d'Arenberg Osborn, the fourth generation d'Arenberg to work the estate, ambitiously began revitalizing the old vineyards and cellars, investing in improvements that would propel the winery into the next century. White wine production began, to complement the winery's existing production of Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon, among other varieties. Being blessed with excellent McLaren Vale location, d'Arenberg strives to create wines that reflect the land's natural bounty. All their wines are fermented and produced in small batches, providing a larger pool of blending options for each final bottling. The winery's operation is truly "estate" from vineyard to bottle, quite an affair when over 30 different wines are produced each vintage. D'Arenberg is well-known for its The Dead Arm Shiraz, and produces two other "Icon" level wines from the oldest vines and best barrels: The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon and The Ironstone Pressings Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre.

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