D'Arenberg 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale) Australia
Date Tasted: January, 2010
Tasting Notes: Superb. This was an amazing wine but at $70 it is not the greatest value (yet). This wine requires patience and may not be for the every day drinker.
The Dead Arm name comes from a vine disease that randomly effects vineyards all over the world. This infection causes one arm of the vine to slowly deteriorate into dead wood. While one arm is dead, the other arm produces low yields with amazing intensity.
The appearance is almost ink black. The nose was deep and complex with oak, cedar, deep black current and light tangerine. Savory and mouth watering. The palate is silky smooth expressing bacon, a continuation of oak, and current. The finish is unbelievably long with some light spice. This is a big wine with medium tannins and medium acid. It is drinking well right now but could do with some serious time in the cellar. This wine is young at 6 years. Drink 2014-2024.
- Hugh Carter for Icon Wines ©copyright 2010