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Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg

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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 91
  • WE 92
  • JS 96
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From the storied vineyards of D’Arenberg, the Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 emerges as a testament to the resilience and intense character that can come from adversity. Crafted by Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn, with the support of Senior Winemaker Jack Walton, this wine encapsulates the essence of McLaren Vale’s unique terroir and the winery’s innovative approach to winemaking.

The name “Dead Arm” might sound a bit ominous, but it’s actually a nod to the struggle and triumph over the vine disease Eutypa Lata. This condition can devastate parts of the vine, leaving them barren. Yet, it’s from the surviving parts that the grapes for this wine are harvested, resulting in fruit that is not just surviving but thriving with intensity and concentration.

The vintage of 2018 was marked by a series of climatic challenges, including a notably wet winter followed by a dry and warm ripening season. These conditions culminated in a harvest that, while slightly reduced in yield, was exceptional in quality. The meticulous winemaking process, involving gentle crushing, basket pressing, and aging in French oak, further enhances the wine’s complexity and depth.

Upon pouring, the Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 presents a deep, mesmerizing hue, a prelude to the symphony of aromas and flavors that await. The nose is immediately greeted with brooding notes of plum, blackberry, and liquorice, intertwined with hints of spice and an undercurrent of earthy tones.

Tasting this wine is like embarking on a journey through the varied landscapes of McLaren Vale. The palate is introduced to rich, dark fruits and subtle savory notes, reminiscent of balsamic glazed beets and roasted meats. Layers of complexity unfold with each sip, revealing fennel seed, roasted meats, and a minerality that speaks to the wine’s provenance. The tannins, though pronounced, are slaty and persistent, promising a wine that will age gracefully, revealing more of its depth and complexity over the years.

The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg has not only captivated the senses but also earned critical acclaim for its distinctive character and quality. Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points, praising its dense structure and the tangy fruit flavors balanced by a mineral edge. Wine Enthusiast’s 92 points highlight the wine’s powerful, dense palate, enveloped in muscular tannins, while James Suckling’s 96 points commend its expressive, exotic profile and impressive length and intensity.

For enthusiasts and collectors alike, the Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 is a jewel in the crown of D’Arenberg Wines. Its ability to convey the story of its origin, from the unique challenges of its vintage to the meticulous care in its creation, makes it a standout example of what the D’Arenberg vineyard and McLaren Vale have to offer. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is a celebration of resilience, intensity, and the art of winemaking at its finest.

23 reviews for Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg

  1. Kevin Cyr

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is a sensory delight. Dark chocolate, mint and coffee notes blend perfectly. Hats off to Chester Osborn and Darenberg Wines.

  2. Dalton Cossette

    The D’Arenberg vineyard has struck gold with this dead arm shiraz. It’s a harmonious blend of blackcurrant, cherry and earthy tones.

  3. Tracey Prince

    This Darenberg Wines’ offering is a delight. The d arenberg shiraz has a rich tobacco and licorice profile, with a hint of blueberry. Quite addictive!

  4. Joyce Minert

    The d’arenberg shiraz is a joy to the senses. You’ll love the bursts of chocolate and black fruit. Free shipping on 12 bottles makes it a steal!

  5. Dominic Bridgewater

    I’ve always been a fan of d’arenberg shiraz but this Dead Arm Shiraz is another level. The complex flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and black fruit create a rich, smooth taste. Plus, free shipping on 12 bottles? Yes, please!

  6. Dave Cass

    The d’arenberg shiraz is a burst of cassis, black cherry and cedar flavors. A true testament to D’Arenberg vineyard’s winemaking skills.

  7. Timothy Thompson

    The d’arenberg shiraz from D’Arenberg Wines is a must-try. The cedar and dark chocolate notes are divine. Don’t miss out on their free shipping on 12 bottles.

  8. Roy Wilmoth

    Darenberg Wines’ dead arm shiraz is a treat. The blend of pepper, leather and chocolate flavors is simply sublime.

  9. Loren Hausauer

    D’Arenberg Wines’ d arenberg shiraz is a gem. The cocoa, violet and menthol notes are beautifully balanced. Plus, they offer free shipping on 12 bottles.

  10. Estelle Ferguson

    The d arenberg shiraz is a sensory delight. Red fruit, raspberry and a sprinkle of cinnamon make it a perfect accompaniment to a hearty meal.

  11. Kyle Kipp

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is a poetic blend of eucalyptus, dark fruit and blackcurrant. Chester Osborn, you’re a genius!

  12. Jason Terry

    D’Arenberg Winery’s dead arm shiraz is exceptional. The balance of licorice, blueberry and smoke flavors is just perfect.

  13. Crystal Feldkamp

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is a masterpiece. Bursting with smoke, cassis and black cherry notes. Chester Osborn is a true winemaking genius.

  14. Peggy Birch

    Darenberg Wines never disappoints and the d arenberg shiraz is no exception. It’s a beautiful dance of oak, pepper and leather notes in each sip.

  15. Amy Olson

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is a delight! Its blackberry and plum notes are balanced perfectly with a hint of oak and pepper. It’s like a party in my mouth, and everyone’s invited!

  16. Jonathan Wright

    The dead arm shiraz from the D’Arenberg Winery is simply irresistible. It’s a glorious blend of minerals, mocha and mushroom notes.

  17. Charles Wood

    The D’Arenberg Winery has outdone itself with this one. The Dead Arm Shiraz is a symphony of flavors – from blackcurrant and cherry to earthy tobacco and licorice. Winemaker Chester Osborn deserves a standing ovation for this masterpiece!

  18. Dwight Oxendine

    Exquisite dead arm shiraz from the D’Arenberg Winery, with enticing flavors of eucalyptus and dark fruit. Perfect for a cozy dinner.

  19. Louisa Freeman

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is quite a revelation. Complex flavors of blackberry, plum and hints of vanilla. Chester Osborn has outdone himself.

  20. Noel Werner

    The d’arenberg shiraz is a symphony of flavors. From blackberry to vanilla to oak, every sip is a new experience. Thank you, D’Arenberg vineyard.

  21. Josephine Perez

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D’arenberg is an explosion of flavors. The clove, jam and tar notes are a testament to Chester Osborn’s genius.

  22. William Keller

    Get lost in the intoxicating mint and coffee flavors of the dead arm shiraz. Another superb creation from the D’Arenberg Winery.

  23. Antonio Bussman

    The d arenberg shiraz from D’Arenberg Wines is a delight. It’s a beautiful mix of cherry, earthy and tobacco flavors. Plus, they offer free shipping on 12 bottles.

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What is Dead Arm Shiraz?

Dead Arm Shiraz is a premium, intensely flavored wine from D’Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale, known for its rich blend of dark fruits, spices, and earthy notes. Named after a vine disease that reduces yield but enhances flavor intensity, it embodies resilience and complexity, aging gracefully with a robust structure.

What is the typical flavor of Australian shiraz?

Australian Shiraz typically boasts bold, robust flavors with a rich profile of dark fruits like blackberry, plum, and cherry. It often carries spicy undertones of black pepper and licorice, complemented by smoky, toasty notes from oak aging. The warm climate contributes to its full-bodied nature and smooth tannins.

Why is it called dead arm Shiraz?

Dead Arm Shiraz is named after a vine disease called Eutypa lata, which causes one arm of the vine to wither and die. The remaining part of the vine produces grapes with extraordinarily concentrated flavors. This adversity results in a rich, intense wine, celebrated for its depth and complexity.

Critical Acclaim

WS 91
Wine Spectator
Dense, with toothsome tannins that add a firm background to tangy blackberry and blueberry flavors, with notes of crushed rock and fresh earth, spices, tobacco and toasted cedar. Firming finish, where strong laurel bay leaf and sage accents linger.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Rich, heady aromas of mint, mocha, ground pepper, plum and black currant preserves lead to an equally powerful, dense palate that’s wound in muscular, dusty tannins. This is a massive wine now, but everything is in place for it to go the distance—a decade, at least.
JS 96
James Suckling
Quite expressive and exotic, with red plums, blackberries and iodine, as well as dried herbs and nori, quite fragrant spices and currants. The palate has a sleek, dense and long feel, with impressive fruit intensity, delivered in such contained and impressively composed style. This has such length and intensity with a silky texture. Old vines underpin the style here. Drink over the next decade or more.

What does Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D'arenberg taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange, lime

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, rhubarb

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, pineapple

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D'arenberg

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D'Arenberg is a name that resonates with wine lovers across the globe, especially those who appreciate the craft of winemaking and the story behind each bottle. Located in the heart of McLaren Vale, South Australia, D'Arenberg has been a beacon of winemaking tradition and innovation since its inception in 1912. Imagine a place where the vineyards stretch over rolling hills, kissed by the sun and caressed by the cooling sea breezes from the nearby coast. This is where D'Arenberg calls home. For over a century, D'Arenberg has been synonymous with McLaren Vale, a region that's just a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide. This area is not just a picturesque postcard but the lifeblood of D'Arenberg, providing the perfect climate and soil for their vineyards. The Osborn family, the driving...check our brand d'Arenberg
Shiraz, a captivating dark-skinned grape variety, has become an emblem of Australian viticulture, embodying the vibrant spirit of the country's winemaking prowess. Born from the same genetic stock as Syrah, Shiraz thrives in the sun-soaked expanses of Australia and select corners of the New World. Its allure lies in its capacity to craft wines that capture the essence of the terroir, producing a diverse array of flavors that delight the palates of enthusiasts worldwide. Australian vineyards, particularly those in the Barossa Valley, have embraced Shiraz with open arms, making it the most widely cultivated grape variety across the nation. This grape thrives in regions with diverse climates and soil profiles. Warm, sunny days coupled with cool nights create the ideal conditions for...Please check Shiraz for more information

Winemaker of Dead Arm Shiraz 2018 D'arenberg

Chester Osborn

Chester Osborn

In the heart of McLaren Vale, Chester Osborn reigns as an irreplaceable figure. With his vibrant shirts and wines named with playful creativity, he is the force behind d'Arenberg's distinction. As the fourth-generation winemaker, Chester fashions both timeless classics and audacious experiments, elevating the family legacy. Today, d'Arenberg boasts a global reach, embracing over 30 grape varieties and winning accolades across 90 countries. Chester's innovations continuously reshape the landscape. At the helm of d'Arenberg, Chester Osborn presides over an illustrious Australian winery. Immersed in the family trade from an early age, he fondly recalls his humble start picking grapes at seven, earning a meager wage. After formal winemaking studies and European exploration, he succeeded... More Products
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