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14.50% | AUSTRALIA

The Dead Arm is a spectacular example of McLaren Vale Shiraz – concentrated, multi-dimensional with huge fruit, length and texture, immense balance and ageing potential. Dead Arm is a vine...
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The Dead Arm is a spectacular example of McLaren Vale Shiraz – concentrated, multi-dimensional with huge fruit, length and texture, immense balance and ageing potential.

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.

Upon release d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz has a vivid young deep purple colour. The nose shows intense and complex cedary, fig, blackberry and blueberry like smells occasionally pepper/spice smells too.

The heady aroma is both powerful and pretty with notes of fennel, purple lowers and blossom mingling with ripe, varietal purple fruits and black pepper. The oak is hardly evident which allows fruit and soil complexities to emerge with edges of rhubarb and red mulberry and savoury characters of dried herbs, game and spice.

The palate opens with anise, black pepper, graphite and restrained dark cherries before it gives way to seductive mulberry, plum, licorice and spice. It has great power, depth and length with very vibrant, gritty fruit tannins providing immense structure. Notes of anise and spice linger for a long time after the last sip.

The Dead Arm strikes a rare balance of power, complexity and finesse with impressive structure that will reward those with patience to cellar it.

2008 is a tale of two vintages for red wines in McLaren Vale. Winter rain ensured the soil reached filled capacity and set the vines up perfectly with healthy balanced canopies.

A normal spring and an unseasonably cool January and February meant most vines remained stress free. Flavour ripeness was achieved at reasonably low sugar levels and high natural acidity for early picked parcels. A sustained heat wave in early March accelerated ripeness and picking, resulting in riper in some wines. However The Dead Arm only receives the finest parcels, most of which were picked before the heatwave, therefore reflecting the best part of the 2008 vintage.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Shiraz/Syrah
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Vintage
2014
ABV %
14.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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