D’Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
95, 94 AND 93 POINT RATED MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ SOURCED FROM 5 STAR HALLIDAY RATED WINERY
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 0 out of 5 stars.
- 95 POINTS PATRICK ECKEL
- 94 POINTS QWINE REVIEW
- RECOMMENDED & TOP RANK BY THE REAL REVIEW
- 93 POINTS HUON HOOKE
- 93 POINTS THE WINE FRONT
- 5 STAR HALLIDAY RATED WINERY
- 7 OF THE LAST 10 VINTAGES HAVE BEEN RATED 95+ POINTS IN HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Matured in a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques. Magnificent impenetrable inky black core with an equally deep vibrant dark red black hue. Potent blackberry, liquorice and ripe black cherry aromas are trailed by hints of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, inky earth, subtle black olive and spice notes. Full bodied, rich and possessing a stern tannin structure, although it’s not as firm and astringent as recent vintages, luscious black fruits and liquorice swamp the palate with underlying elements of vanillin oak, earthy black olive and blackpepper also evident. The tightly wound tannins then kick in leaving a dry firm finish and very bright, youthful acidity. Excellent power with a long chewy aftertaste.
95 Points, Patrick Eckel, The Wine Reviewer
2016 is shaping as a great year for McLaren Vale Shiraz with the iconic release of the Dead Arm from d’Arenberg yet another reference point. The Dead Arm is consistently a brooding number in its youth with tightly bound dark fruits that soften and evolve with time.
An inky but youthful dark red in the glass, the nose shows tightly held blackberry and dark cherry alongside bramble and clay; sweeter oak adds richness.
The wine is defined by its taut but drying backbone of tannin and juicy acidity that has graphite and earth on full show. Fruit has a savouriness but above all concentration with blackberry and plum shining through with prodigious length to finish.
Bury this in your cellar for decades.
94 Points, QWine
Dead Arm! A wine with great history and here's a beauty with a bright future.
It's dense and dark with a basket of black fruits generously handed out. Plums and dark chocolate with fine spices, dashes of pepper plus some oak showing its hand. Cocoa-like tannins coat the mouth softly leaving a long and memorable finish. Time will only be its friend. A great wine.
Drink 2020 to a decade+
93 Points, The Wine Front
93 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Very deep, dark, youthful purple/red colour, which stains the glass, and a licorice and plum jam bouquet, with some overripe touches. There is a touch of sulfide too. The palate is gritty-textured and full-bodied, with a distinct touch of bitterness. It's hard to divine the future of this wine. One thing is certain: it needs more time
Walking the old Shiraz vineyards and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are crushed in the Demoisy open-mouthed, rubber toothed crusher and then trans-ferred to five-tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending.
Foot treading is undertaken on most parcels two thirds of the way through fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending. Chester undertakes an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend. The Dead Arm does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling which may result in a harmless deposit in or adhering to the bottle.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
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