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2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm 750ml
2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm
Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale
Red / Syrah
2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 115

($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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 161

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

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.

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Community Reviews


Horms Trust Rating: 16 Tasted On: 09/02/2013


Edward C731 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 05/02/2013

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RickF Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 12/31/2011


Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 80 Tasted On: 12/22/2011 Drink Dates: 2028

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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...

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