2016 d'Arenberg Shiraz Dead Arm (750ml)

Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia

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D'Arenberg is dead serious about their wines; Dead Arm isn't a gimmick. It's a fact of life. A recent vertical of this monumental icon revealed stunning depth, structure, ability to age. The tale of the disease explains Dead Arm's natural, Mother Nature derived power. "Dead Arm" describes a fungus, one which affected some of the oldest vines in d'Arenberg’s vineyards. The condition which resulted from the spread of this fungus eventually stunted an "arm" of the affected vines, turning them to dead wood. But there's energy – a life force, if you will – which exists in the root system of these old vines. Nature takes over, transferring all that energy away from the stunted "arm," redirecting 100% of it to the living "arm" of the vines. With all of this energy concentrated to the healthy half of the vines, the grapes produced become ultra-concentrated, naturally – Mother Nature's way. There's no need for gimmicks or toying around in the winery; d'Arenberg's Dead Arm Shiraz is potent, powerful and blessed with energetic fruit from birth. What nature takes away, it returns – in spades. Fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn doesn't muck about with super yeasts or fancy fermentation methods, and for 2016, he has bottled a another masterpiece.


Impressive richness and depth from the outset here. The nose has rich dark-plum, chocolate and earth aromas with such poise and richness. The palate is full-bodied with saturated plums and blackberries. Long, ribbony tannins. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

94 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

Super colour, a dark purple-red; a colossal wine that's full-bodied, tannic but shapely with jammy ripe fruit, lots of spices, violets and meaty aromas. A bitterness on the finish detracts as does the kick of alcohol.

92 points, James Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2019)

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