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2006 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: d'Arenberg Vineyards and Winery darenberg.com.au   details
Appellation: McLaren Vale - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$141.00
Alcohol %: 14.5
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: September 11, 2011 , ted kirkpatrick
95 points "Color: dark; Nose: intense; Acidity: lively; Body: full-bodied; Overall: rich; opened at 330...starting sipping at 6ish...was great at 8.....a very good Syrah...huge nose of blueberry and cedar......taste full, fruty....." Best 2011-
rated: November 4, 2008 , Wine Review Online
95 points "The Dead Arm is one of a handful of Australian Shiraz that is a top performer vintage after vintage. The name comes from a vine disease that reduces one arm of a vine to dead wood, while the rest of the vine produces intensely-flavored grapes. Aged 20 months in French and American oak, the '06 Dead Arm is plump with dark fruits and berries, hints of anise and complex berry and chocolate flavors. The tannins are ripe and refined and the finish, at 14.5% alcohol, is complete and promising. Here is an excellent Australian Shiraz for the ages and a solid bargain."
rated: December 22, 2008 , Halliday WC 2008
95 points "The Dead Arm rarely fails to deliver an uncompromising essay on McLaren fruit; deeply concentrated with levels of dark chocolate, blackberry, nuances of florals and a freshness that belies its weight and power. Good value. Screwcap. Rating 95 Drink 2030 " Best -2030
rated: December 22, 2008 , Winorama (Gary Walsh)
95 points "In later life I’m finding Dead Arm Shiraz far more pleasant than I used to. The ones my older brother used to give me really hurt, although not as much as a sneaky Dead Leg. The corollary of this holds true for the wine itself. Dead Arm is no longer the big, bruising, heavily oaked beast it used to be. Now it sees better oak (and more of it French) and it seems more vibrant and energetic. I’ve not bought a Dead Arm since the 1995 vintage, but would consider a couple of these as I’m very interested to see how it might turn out. Goodness me this is ferrous and dryly tannic with an appetising mix of blackberry, blueberry, beef stock, pepper, liquorice and toasty oak. There’s a dried herb/chicory sort of thing going on too which is most pleasant. Tight and bright acidity drives the wine along and given a good decant it softens up and begins to show real class and potential. It’s energetic, has a great deal of presence in the mouth and feels lightish - in a Dead Arm context at least. I think it needs extended cellaring to reveal its best qualities. I like this vintage a great deal. Drink: 2014-2020+ 95 points. " Best 2014-2020
rated: December 22, 2008 , Campbell Mattinson
95 points "I wouldn’t be calling it light-ish but yep, I like this vintage a great deal too. I reckon it’s thick with flavour but it’s smooth and even and, in its style, delicious. I like the call on ‘chicory’ - with a spot of coffee attached. Thick, luscious, smooth-skinned blackberry and blueberry with creamy, cedary, toasty oak coming hand-in-glove. Eve, structured, silken finish - it’s as good as any Dead Arm Shiraz that I’ve tasted. " Best -2020
rated: February 1, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "D’Arenberg’s flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036. D’Arenberg has been owned and operated by the Osborn family since its inception in 1912. The portfolio, with a focus on the Rhone varieties, is wide ranging and value-oriented from top to bottom. The winery produces a bevy of value priced reds and whites that were reviewed in Issue 178. They should not be overlooked. At the higher end of the portfolio there is one white wine on which to report. " Best 2018-2036
rated: February 2, 2009 , WA
95 points Best 2018-2036
rated: August 9, 2009 , from a member
95 points Best 2012-2025
rated: November 22, 2009 , Tom Fils
95 points
rated: November 3, 2010 , Josh Raynolds, IWC
93 points " By Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08 ($65) Opaque ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with suave graphite and anise qualities adding complexity. Deep and rich but also focused, with powerful dark berry preserve flavors and a late kick of iron. There's lots going on here, and this energetic wine is still painfully young. Finishes with mounting sweetness and a strong echo of minerals. 93 points "
rated: December 27, 2011 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
95 points "D'Arenberg's flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036." (02/09) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with suave graphite and anise qualities adding complexity. Deep and rich but also focused, with powerful dark berry preserve flavors and a late kick of iron. There's lots going on here, and this energetic wine is still painfully young. Finishes with mounting sweetness and a strong echo of minerals." (Sep/Oct 08) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and ripe, with an earthy animal component to the generous cherry, currant and exotic spice flavors that keep sailing on the long, supple finish. Drink now through 2016." (09/09) 90 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "Because of its often formidable structure, d'Arenberg's The Dead Arm is a difficult wine to evaluate when young. The 2006 is dark and extracted, with intense cassis, coffee and chocolate notes but not much complexity or elegance. This should come with time; the firmness of the lingering finish suggests cellaring through 2014." (08/09) " Best 2018-2036
rated: January 1, 2012 , from a member
95 points Best 2018-2036
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