2010 d'Arenberg "Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1186824 96 points James Halliday

 An unambiguously top class version of a distinguished lineage; the colour is as bright as the spicy red fruit aromas of the bouquet, the palate with a cascade of red and black fruits, spice, licorice and bitter chocolate flavours, yet providing all this with finesse and calm.  (2/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Dead Arm Shiraz has slightly evolving blackberry notes wafting over a core of forest fruit coulis and dried mulberries accented by suggestions of sandalwood, Indian spices and dried Mediterranean herbs. Medium to full-bodied with loads of evolved black fruit and savory, spicy flavors on offer in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of powdery tannins, refreshing acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2021+. (LPB)  (2/2014)

93 points Vinous

 Bright purple. Expansive black and blue fruit scents are complicated by notes of smoky minerals, licorice, cola and mocha, with a peppery nuance adding lift. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering sweet blackcurrant and bitter chocolate flavors and a sexy violet pastille quality. Velvety tannins give shape to the long, spicy finish, which features notes of fruitcake, vanilla and cherry compote. As forward and complex as this shiraz is right now, it should be even better with another five years of bottle age. (JR)  (7/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Dead Arm is always firmly structured, making it one of the more challenging Shiraz to judge in its youth. The 2010 is full-bodied and chewy, characterized by dark, earthy and umami notes of roasted meat, asphalt and grilled mushrooms. The length and ripely tannic nature of the finish is reassuring. Drink 2018–2030. (JC)  (8/2016)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
The quintessential Aussie Shiraz. Big, concentrated, dark fruit, powerful, structured, mouth coating texture, scorched earth, old vine intensity. CHester's wines are ones of noble lineage. They are authentic, transparent wines of real character and class. 2010 provided beautiful, moderate growing conditions for the Dead Arm. These low yielding vines were able to produce lovely ripe fruit, but without and major heat spikes or rain events. The wine has both power and delicacy; forward rich fruit and savoury nuances. We have the best pricing on this wine in the entire country when it often sells for $65+. This can be drunk now with a hearty cut of read meat or kept for 15+ years comfortably.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
2010 and the hand of winemaker, Chester Osborn has brought us another in a long line of noteworthy "Dead Arms". The bouquet is lifted with notes of dark plum, mullberry, blackberry, leather, sandlewood, licorice, iron and dark chocolate. On the palate, there is the classic d'Arenberg ripe "gritty tannins that cloak a powerful core underlying fruit with great purity, balance and length. This is a beauty to put in the cellar to reap the rewards sure to come. If not patient, decant in the morning/ afternoon for dinner that night with hearty fare!

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale