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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1999 750ml, McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1999 750ml, McLaren Vale


Expert Reviews

Robert Parker's wine Advocate - 96 pts - This estate's most renowned offering is their old vine Shiraz (90+ year old vines) called The Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 1999 The Dead Arm Shiraz (2,000 cases) was aged in 100% new oak, of which 70% was American and 30% French. It is about as natural and unmanipulated a product of the vineyard as one can find. Full-bodied and awesomely rich, notes of black pepper, licorice, and blackberry as well as cherry liqueur cascade over the palate with enormous concentration and intensity, high tannin, and a structured, muscular style. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and consume it over the following 2-3 decades. It is a timeless museum piece made in a style that can only be produced in Barossa or McLaren Vale. - Oct 2002

James Halliday's Wine Companion - 91 pts - Dense red-purple; powerful, concentrated, deep black cherry and plum fruit on the bouquet is replicated on the rich and concentrated palate; fruit-driven plus a boost from 14.5° alcohol; the tannins and oak present no problem, although there is a hint of adjusted acidity on the finish.Date tasted 16 Oct 2001. Drink by 2014

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