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2003 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1016353 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of this estate’s flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose of blackberries, cassis, asphalt, earth, and oak. Powerful, super-concentrated, and obviously fashioned from low yields and old vines, this is a classic McLaren Vale old vine Shiraz that should age nicely for 15+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2005)

93 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Deep colour; typically massively rich and concentrated; black fruits, chocolate, tannins and oak are all fighting each other for top spot. Hopefully, a truce will be declared in 5 or so years. Inner quote mark (7/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Another top-flight Dead Arm, the 2003 boasts attractive scents of leather, spice, vanilla and boysenberries. The palate is lush and creamy, carrying earthy dark-fruited flavors enlivened by a bright streak of acidity. Turns chewy on the finish, suggesting short-term cellaring is in order. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2006)

K&L Notes

d'Arenberg's iconic "The Dead Arm" is named for a condition that afflicts very old vines, concentrating the fruit that springs from the vine's remaining arm. Our notes upon the wine's release: Peppery, ripe and coated with vanilla oak, you may be tempted to serve this viscous and rich Shiraz with dessert. We think it deserves star treatment at the table, which means drink it all on its own, for its malty, chocolate mint characteristics, and spicy berry essence. It's very silky right out of the gate.


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