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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013 Wine Review

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $54.95

Drink: 2017-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: d'Arenberg

Agent: Churchill Cellars Ltd.

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 The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013 was reviewed on November 11, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

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Pricing & Stock Information

  • AGLC
  • 703920

Reviews and Ratings

Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

"Dead Arm also known as grape canker is a disease of grapes caused by deep seated wood rot of the arms or the trunk of the grapevine". Over many years one or more of the arms of the vine may die. It is caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that can potentially affect vineyards all over the world especially in Australia and North America. A crowd pleaser and popular favorite, the Dead Arm Shiraz displays the classic McLaren Vale aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice, earth and spice. There is subtle hints of oak on the mid palate, the lingering flavors of dark fruit, mint, mocha and mineral with an intensely dry mouthfeel. This wine is elegant and refined with great complexity and balance. Lingering mint on the finish. Tasted November 2017.
Melanie Lloyd - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This Shiraz has purple hues and aromas of violet, red licorice, raspberries, and blackcurrant jelly as well as a hint of earthy beets. There’s more dark berries on the palate and a touch of chocolate at the finale. The tannins are chewy and there's a nice long finish.

Tasted November 2017
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm (2013) is a McLaren Vale Shiraz from South Australia. The low yielding vines that produce the Shiraz grapes look like a dead arm -wizened and ancient. 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. This Shiraz is inky purple in the glass, powerful with intense black and red fruit, dark chocolate flavours and chewy tannins. Just great! The wine was aged 18 months in French oak barrel. Drink now and for the next 15 years. - Community Wine Reviews

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