d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007, McLaren Vale

The Dead Arm.  Makes me think of the old west, of wild areas, outlaws, doing what they want with no regard for the law. Dust bowls and tumbleweeds. Abandoned ghost towns.



Couldn’t be further from the reality.  Here’s what the winery has to say: “Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.”

Huh.  Not at all what we were expecting.


She said:   Lots of blackcurrant and cedar – and enough tannin to give it some backbone without making your mouth get all puckery.

He said: The wine didn’t really communicate to me – it was smooth and tasty, but nothing was really standing out. I really enjoyed it though.

She said: That often happens when wines age a bit, they soften and mellow.

He said: Yup, your tastes have to be more refined to analyze the subtleties that you find with aging wines.

She said:  It could also be that the wine has 14.5% alcohol…

The details:

  • d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007, McLaren Vale, Australia
  • 14.5% alcohol
  • Drink 2015 to 2027, according to eRobertParker.com
  • $49.95.  LCBO #981183

PS:  did you know that the LCBO uses the same number for a wine?  So while ours was a 2007 wine, this number currently describes the 2009 version of the wine.





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