D’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017


The Dead Arm is d’Arenberg’s flagship Shiraz and takes its name from a vine disease that kills off one “arm” of the plant while the other side of the vine produces remarkably intense and delicious fruit. The grapes for this bottling come from low yielding old vines on the estate which are harvested in small parcels and vinified plot by plot to give maximum control over the blending.

Established in 1912, d’Arenberg is one of the McLaren Vale’s most iconic wineries which boasts some extremely old Shiraz vines planted back in the 1880s. The estate’s chief winemaker is Chester Osborn, the great-grandson of d’Arenberg’s original founder Joseph Rowe Osborn who was actually a teetotaler who used to sell his grapes on to local wineries.

Powerful and ageworthy wine with firm tannins and a well-developed structure that will respond well another couple of decade or so in the cellar. Pair with hearty red meat dishes if you’d prefer to enjoy it now.



Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Concentrated Ruby
Nose Seductive, showing a wide range of aromas from spice to red fruit, plum, blackberry and liquorice
Palate Powerful, dense and concentrated, with a good balance between acidity and tannins. Flavours of charred wood, plums, raspberries and black olives.

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100% Shiraz
Alcohol % 15%
Style Full bodied & complex Red
Estate/Producer D’Arenberg/Chester Osborn
Country Australia
Region Mclaren Valley
Vintage 2017
Vinification Gently crushed and then trodden by foot part way through the fermentation process. The wine is then moved into new and used oak barrels for a lengthy period of ageing and bottled without fining or filtration.
Closure Screw Cap
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Ready to be enjoyed or if celar in the right conditions can last up to 20 years

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