2012 d'Arenberg Shiraz Dead Arm, McLaren Vale (750ml)

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Country: Australia
Region: McLaren Vale
Grape Varietal: Shiraz
Review Score: 94JS, 93V
Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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Shiraz in a very attractive guise here, this has a little peppery edge with red fruits, raspberry leaf and red liquorice too, plus a little boysenberry and a meaty edge. The palate has a core of dark plum flavor, cedary oak and a fine, savory tannin web; I like the freshness and concentration here. Best from 2022.

94 points, James Suckling (Feb 2016)

Youthful purple. Primary black and blue fruits, floral pastilles, Indian spices and vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose, with a smoky mineral quality adding urgency and lift. Sweet, deeply pitched boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors spread out impressively on the palate, picking up spiciness and a touch of mocha on the back half. This lush, broad, seamless Shiraz finishes with excellent clarity and smooth tannins that contribute structure and gentle grip.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Mar 2016)