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  • Country ranking ?

    214
  • Producer ranking ?

    16
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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The Story

The Story Behind The Name / Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.

The Characteristics

A classic Dead Arm in every sense of the word. The nose is brooding and alluring, earthy notes combined with dark fruits, fennel and baking spice. The longer this wine sits in the glass, the further it unfurls opening into notes of sweeter berry fruit laced with more of those soily, forest floor notes.


The palate is dense and concentrated with a plethora of fruit characters, plum, blackberry, mulberry, earth, iodine and black olive. Despite the richness and intensity of the attack and mid palate the experience surprisingly crescendos with a lick of spicy pepper, coupled with lovely, fined grained, textural tannins that seem to persist in the mouth forever. Complex, savoury and moreish!

100% McLaren Vale Shiraz

 

 

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Vintage 2000

The winter 2000 in Australia was quite dry and Spring was cold and miserable.  Summer and Autumn had a few rainfalls through them, with temperatures were normal.  The results were very low crops producing wines of nice fruit character and extremely juicy but not particularly tannic (below average).  The wines are lovely fruit wines.

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Origin

McLaren Vale, South Australia

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