d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2000 750ml, McLaren Vale
James Halliday - 94 pts - Medium to full red-purple; masses of dark plum, prune and licorice fruit on the bouquet, then a palate flooded with the same fruit characters plus a generous dash of bitter chocolate; lots of tannin and extract; needs a decade.
Date Tasted 16 Oct 2002 Drink By 2016
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 96 pts - This estate's most renowned offering is their old vine (90+ years) Shiraz called The Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 2000 The Dead Arm Shiraz is one of South Australia's finest wines of the vintage. A perfume of grilled steak intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, earth, pepper, and melted licorice rises from this awesome red. With great power, richness, and no hard edges, it is still young and primary, but should hit its peak in 3-7 years, and last for two decades or more. - Oct 2002