d’Arenberg’s most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will… drink well through 2025. 95 points, Jay Miller (erobertparker.com).
Inky violet. Vibrant, perfumed nose melds blackberry, cassis, kirsch, licorice and dried flowers. On the palate, this Shiraz shows an intriguing mix of sweet dark fruit flavours and firmer earth and mineral notes, with big but supple tannins contributing structure. The palate-staining finish features notes of bitter cherry, cured tobacco and high-octane chocolate. Nothing obvious here. 93 points, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar.
A riot of smells here with cherry, red berry, flower stems, leather, pepper, licorice and toasty oak... On the palate full bodied, although not heavy, with cherry and red fruits, pepper, licorice and more meaty black olive tapenade flavours backed with tastefully applied toasty oak. It tastes fresh and lively with strong grippy tannins and has great drive through the palate. Significant length. A brilliant wine. 95 points, Gary Walsh (winefront.com.au).
‘The palate is explosive’. 98 points, Weekly Wine Journal (weeklywinejournal.com).
Good colour. Oak-driven, old-fashioned style, with lashings of what appears to be American oak. Savoury palate… a tangy wine with lots of coconut-vanilla oak. Already has charcuterie/smoked meat developed bouquet. Good depth and weight in a traditional big Aussie style. 92 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com).