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D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017 will have you second-guessing as it skips between red fruits and lifted spice notes on the one hand to more brooding, dark, ashen, earthy aromas on the other. A sign of the vintage no doubt.
The seasonal conditions are even more evident on the palate where flavour, tannin and acid are in perfect balance. There is an impressive amount of concentration in this wine but at the same time it feels somewhat more restrained compared to other more in your face, rustic Dead Arm vintages. Particularly when we look at the tannin profile which is a relatively fine example for this wine.
The benefit of all of this of course is that it is immediately drinkable upon release. Don't be fooled by its approachability however, The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017 also shows all the hallmarks of a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz that will see it age gracefully for 15 plus years.
Behind the name: Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often affected vines 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.
|Type Of Wine:||red wine|
|Vintage:||2017 Other vintages|
|Appellation:||McLaren Vale (South Australia, Australia)|
|Volume:||75cl Other volumes|
|Wine Level In The Bottle:||Top-Shoulder (THE - Très Haute Epaule)|
D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017 (Shiraz)
- View: Intense red colour.
- Nose: Brooding and alluring, plum, blackberry, liquorice and spice entwine with a raft of dark, earthy notes.
- Mouth: The palate offers a perfect balance between acidity and tannins.
APPELLATION: McLaren Vale (South Australia, Australia).
AGEING: The wine is aged on its lees for a period of 18 months.
WINEMAKING: Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five-tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two-thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
WINE PAIRING: Enjoy with beef, lamb, venison, and poultry.
RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16-18 ° C
d'Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. In 1912 Joseph Osborn (pictured left), a teetotaller and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, purchased the well established Milton Vineyards of 25 hectares in the hills just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue, now known as McLaren Vale.More about the Winery