International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 TanzerIssue: July/August 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93After 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.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Rich, 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.Author: Harvey Steiman
Anonymous | Rating: 92Drink Dates: Now-2020Author: Rhonda2too
Self | Rating: 90Author: Edward C731
Self | Rating: 91Author: Horms
Self | Rating: 92Author: Mcaz
Self | Rating: 93Author: RickF
Anonymous | Rating: 9393 RPDrink Dates: 2028Author: rpose
Self | Rating: 88Somewhat tannic w significantly less fruit than in prior vintages.Author: AllanBG
Self | Rating: 84Well, 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...Drink Dates: 2005-2009Author: Koby
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1305 bottles owned
- 260 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 260 collectors)