This is the most enjoyable Dead Arm release I've had the pleasure of tasting in recent years. A few glasses went through to the keeper before I even considered writing the review - delicious.
Dense fruit, sleek oak, a well-balanced wine to see out the long term for those pursuing time in the cellar. Cherry ripe is laid on long and thick. Tar, black earth, black olive and a dash of spice all play their part. There's some bitterness with a hint of cedar. It's a bit tight initially but a good airing sorted that out. Over a few days it found its feet nicely. Almost powdery in the end, the finish is drying and sapping.
A great red wine which will pay dividends to those loyal followers of this d'Arenberg icon.
Drink 2019 to ten years.
Region: McLaren Vale