Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ The name for this wine is often joked about. Some thought the wine to be so big and heavy that your arm hardly worked after consuming a reasonable amount.
Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world.
Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Deep, dark and brooding with blackberry and blueberry fruits, plenty of roasted coffee-scented oak making itself known here too, and there’s black licorice and tarry intensity. The palate wrenches itself into place and really grabs deep. Flavours rest in the plum and black fruit spectrum and are wound through muscular tannins—the intensity is staggering—with some darker, almost minerally flavours building through to the finish. Worthy of many years in the cellar, this wine will live for a long, long time. Rating 96 - Nick Stock Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
Winery Tasting Notes
A very dark, vibrant, polished appearance with a dense red crimson hue
The aroma upon opening is surprisingly elegant showing superb fruit characters dominated with red fruits, plum, spices, red cherries, cranberry, white and green pepper and blueberry notes against a back drop of very fine oak.
The flavours are ripe; red fruits, cherries, plums and black olives with edges of dried garden herbs. As the
wine opens the palate is extremely tight and controlled. In many ways this wine is more elegant than previous vintages with tannins that have a wonderful mineral grittiness that is balanced right to the wine’s pointed finish.
This wine shows a great potential to age.
This wine will be relatively closed and backward in style if not allowed some opportunity to develop in the
bottle. After time in bottle, ‘The Dead Arm’ gains a biscuity, cinnamon, chocolate, earthy, eucalyptus
- based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie aromas. Tobacco, mushroom, malt and earth aromas play a part
on the long, fleshy, chocolate- mint and spice flavours. This wine will develop with a great balance of tannins, acidity and fruit. Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Medals & Trophies
Blue Gold Award - Sydney International Wine Show 2010, 2011
Gold Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008, 2009 and 2010