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1997 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 90 IWC
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SKU: 49125-1997-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Deep ruby-red. Sappy aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, roast coffee and smoky oak; hints of exotic fruits. Roasted dark berries complicated by notes of coffee, mocha and chocolate; fat and creamy but rather backward today. Finishes with slightly gritty tannins that will require patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Firm in texture and generous with its bright berry, spice and slightly gamy flavors, nicely focused to display the fruit. Flavors persist impressively on the round finish.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Year in and year out d'Arenberg's finest cuvee is their spectacular Shiraz made from 100+ year old, head-pruned vines. It is an exquisite, multi-dimensional wine that is sure to make a formidable impression with readers. It is aged in 100% new oak, tipping the scales at a whopping 14.9% alcohol, yet has a glorious level of fruit and extract. The 1997 Dead Arm Shiraz exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a sweet nose of vanillin, blackberries, and licorice. The wood frames this enormously concentrated, rich, chewy wine. Multi-layered, with phenomenal concentration and length as well as moderately high tannin levels, it will be at its finest after 2-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2002-2020
    Author: Chris Ahearn
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Kurt and Mark Paul
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    95 RP
    Drink Dates: 2018
    Author: rpose
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.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 100 bottles owned
  • 34 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 34 collectors)