D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 1998

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DBDA199810 UCAU
  • Australias Iconic Shiraz!
  • Drink now or caller!
  • Smoothing out from it's original 'smack in the mouth' style
  • 1 or more bottles
    $140.00
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  • James Halliday
    94 points

Editors notes

This is not a wine for the faint hearted, or for people with weak gums. A monumental wine with a tannic grip that is so firm that the wine needs at least 3-4 years cellaring before it is even remotely approachable. Matured in new and one year old French and American oak. The colour is totally opaque with intense purple crimson hues. The nose is a little restrained but will no doubt continue to evolve over time. Aromas of plum, spice, vanilla and cedar with an earthy end note. Monumental palate, mouthfilling with strong flavours of inky blackpepper, plum and spice (with a touch of iodine) over liquorice back palate flavours. Just as soon as the fruit flavours explode, a tidal wave of tannins overtakes everything and gives you a very generous 'smack in the mouth'. The tannic grip is firm and very dry and lasts long into the aftertaste. This is a wine that will always remain tannic, but on the other hand it will probably live a couple of decades. Cellar 4-5 years as a minimum, and then enjoy as long as your stocks last. Extremely limited stocks are available.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    94
    "This is not a wine for the faint hearted, or for people with weak gums. A monumental wine with a tannic grip that is so firm that the wine needs at least 3-4 years cellaring before it is even remotely approachable. Matured in new and one year old French and American oak. The colour is totally opaque with intense purple crimson hues. The nose is a little restrained but will no doubt continue to evolve over time. Aromas of plum, spice, vanilla and cedar with an earthy end note. Monumental palate, mouthfilling with strong flavours of inky blackpepper, plum and spice (with a touch of iodine) over liquorice back palate flavours. Just as soon as the fruit flavours explode, a tidal wave of tannins overtakes everything and gives you a very generous 'smack in the mouth'. The tannic grip is firm and very dry and lasts long into the aftertaste. This is a wine that will always remain tannic, but on the other hand it will probably live a couple of decades. Cellar 4-5 years as a minimum, and then enjoy as long as your stocks last. Extremely limited stocks are available. 94 pts, James Halliday"

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located less than an hours drive south of Adelaide, along the coastline.

Shiraz is by far the most widely planted variety, and the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Every winery in the region will likely be producing at least one or more Shiraz wines, and with the wide range of unique terroirs available, each influenced by the maritime climate in unique ways, each Shiraz will have its own regional nuances.

Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale will often exhibit chocolate and coffee notes, with a little less pepper than those from Barossa Valley, and are often blended with Grenache. Other red varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot blends) Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. The main white variety would be Chardonnay, however Semillon and it's common blending partner Sauvignon Blanc are made, alongside lesser amounts of Riesling, Pronto Bianco, Vermentino and Fiano.

If you plan to visit McLaren Vale there are over 65 cellar doors so you'll be spoiled for choice, ranging from the small-boutique wineries to very large wineries. The drive from McLaren Vale up to the Barossa Valley is very scenic, passing over the rolling Adelaide Hills, and though the quaint German-settled town of Hahndorf.

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