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  • Country ranking ?

    387
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Roasted game with mushrooms

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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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Wine Information

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.

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Another very ripe red. Too ripe, fractionally, but in the mode. Built in the typical d’Arenberg fashion, with foot treading, basket pressing and no fining or filtration. Dense purple maroon colour, its powerful, dense and boozy palate has an impact, but tends towards alcohol too quickly. Thick set and black fruited, with oak tannins drying things out towards port town. No other way to describe it. Admirable intensity, and will unfurl. But of a style (and ultimately a little hard going). Just add spirit…. Best drinking: I’d go earlier, as although it will improve over the short to medium term, I wonder about that warmth. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 15%, $75. Would I buy it? A glass. Maybe.

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Rich, chocolatey, a malty edge framing the wine. Oak on display, handled somewhat sensitively.

Unwilling to release the wine that it has nurtured through its formative years. A powerhouse, having a compelling presence: oak, spice - pepper in the main. 

Its tannin structure is forceful, the sudden onset reminding this is a wine of substance - and not for now. Possessing the structure to last, there's a slight flash of warmth, minor, from a generous vintage. The finish though, seemingly perpetual. 93

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Origin

McLaren Vale, South Australia

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