2002 D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm 750ml

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

IWC 91(+?)   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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 Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 12/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2028
93 RP

Rating: 93
Author: RickF
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/31/2011

Rating: 91
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 19
Tasted On: 09/02/2013

Rating: 90
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/02/2013

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Rating: 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...

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

4054 bottles owned by 1056 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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