Named for a fungus, which causes a disease, making one-half or arm of the vine to slowly die. Finding that the fruit, on the healthy arm shows amazing intensity, d'Arenberg named the Shiaz made from these vines The Dead Arm. I've seen some of these vines in their McLaren Vale vineyard and have enjoyed the wine on many occasions as well.
The aromas lead with rich blackberries and black currents, licorice and vanilla, baking spices, cracked pepper and dark chocolate with savoury undertones. The palate is juicy and supplies spiced mulberries and dusty plums, toasted spice and dark cocoa flavours.
Wonderful structure and balance, good freshness and a lengthy finish.
D'Arenberg suggests cellaring up to 20 years.
Rich Meats , Barbeque, Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers
©copyright 2012 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Diva reviewed - 2012-06-11 15:11:23.0