1999 d'arenberg, the dead arm shiraz, mclaren vale
Why We're Buying
The Dead Arm Shiraz is d'Arenberg at its most eloquent. It's a brooding ruby wine with incredible depth and structure, topped with ripe fruit flavors that make it highly enjoyable even in youthful. In 2013, the shiraz earned the illustrious Blue-Gold title at the Sydney International Wine Competition.
Polished, round and generous with its cherry, berry and spice flavors, hinting at vanilla and smoke on the ripe finish. This favors grace over power.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.