1998 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm 750ml

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 90(+?)   Collector 95
1998 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

Bright ruby. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, cracked pepper, eucalyptus and a whiff of game on the complex nose. Fat, sweet and dense, with concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate and mint flavors. From small berries, and it shows in the wine intensity. Finishes with dusty, even, tongue-coating tannins and notes of mint, spicy oak and blackberry. Quite young and unevolved.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 91

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: TF Winery
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/02/2010
mature

1 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 96
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2001-2021

0 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/27/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Starts out tightly wound. Good concentration. Blackberry liqueur, licroice. Firm grip on the finish. Opened up in the glass showing a more elegant side with floral tones.

3 of 3 people found this review useful.


Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1982 bottles owned by 541 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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