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d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2012 Wine Review

d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2012

d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2012

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $54.95

Drink: 2016-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: d'Arenberg

Agent: Churchill Cellars

Natalie's Score: 91/100

The low yielding vines that produce the grapes for this wine are called the dead arm as they look so wizened and ancient. The grapes are picked in small parcels and remain separate until final blending. They're gently crushed then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. Foot trodding happens two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are on the lees to add richness and creamy texture. There is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration. Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. One half, or an arm of the vines slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side of the vine may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side display amazing intensity. A savoury, juicy, darkly rich Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Aromas of dark spicy, blackberry, anise and pepper. Pair with gourmet hamburgers.

Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup.

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This d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2012 was reviewed on November 26, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The grapes for this Mclaren Vale, South Australia Shiraz come from low-yielding old vines. Wine was aged in oak barriques, on lees. Opaque ruby colour with ripe raspberry, cassis and vanilla nose. The rich palate shows lots of dark berries and subtle spice, concentrated but not overwhelming. The name refers to a fungal disease which affects vines, resulting in one side having shrivelled, dry wood, while the other half of the vine thrives and produces grapes with intense flavours.
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Tasted Nov. 2016
Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that affects trees and vineyards around the world. Half or more of the tree, or in this case old vines, die and dry out. However, the other part of the live vines will receive all the energy and vigour the vine has to give. - Community Wine Reviews
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