Sunday, 28 April 2013

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2009

One of a few icon wines which have eluded me over time has been the d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz. I was very excited when the postman came knocking with this. Regrettably, all those years of excitement where deflated pretty quickly which was very disappointing for me.

The wine just seemed to lack life and vibrancy.

Typical characteristics were present such as leather, earth, black fruit and even some beef jerky, but the palate was flat an lacked interest. I'm not suggesting that for $70 you need fireworks going off, but I was picturing myself skipping around the room sipping this praising the masses for The Dead Arm. I sat slumped in the chair scratching my head instead. What I tasted just didn't match the price point.

Chewy acid and dry fruit, the length was not as plump nor did it arouse much excitement.

Three days on there was little to no change from day one.

Sadly, not a wine I'd recommend.

Who: d'Arenberg
What: Shiraz (14.5% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2009
How: $70