B-21 Top Recommendation
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.