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2002 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1009438 94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Clean and quite fragrant; abundant blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; controlled extract and good balance. Inner quote mark (10/2004)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark After re-tasting the 2002 The Dead Arm Shiraz, I believe my initial rating is correct. It still plays it close to the vest, exhibiting loads of cassis, asphalt, smoke, and barbecue spice-like aromas along with full-bodied flavors. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich, complex, but not at all heavy-handed, a plush, heady mouthful of black cherry, blackberry, menthol and a wee touch of forest mushroom, all mingling in a rich finish that lasts and lasts. (HS) Inner quote mark (12/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright full ruby. Varietally expressive aromas of currant, espresso, smoke, gunflint and sexy oak, with a distinctly feral note. Highly concentrated, dense and smoky, with a strong Syrah note of gunflint. Broad, mouthfilling Shiraz with lovely framing acidity, intriguing minerality and impressively sweet tannins. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (7/2004)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Impresses the hell out of you on the first look--it offers controlled, pretty plum and berry fruit on the palate, with black pepper, cassis and graham cracker aromas. Overexamine it, though, and you start to find things that you wish were different (for me, it wants more intensity midpalate), but that doesn't mean that this isn't delicious. Why not just sit back and enjoy the mocha-laden finish, and leave analysis to another day? Inner quote mark (3/2005)

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