Dead Arm Shiraz 2010

I’ve already tried The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006 (read wine review) and I loved it! It was good to compare the two vintages of one wine, in particular that the wine was made from vine partially affected by a Dead Arm disease. Let’s Dead Arm Shiraz 2010!

Here’s what d’Arenberg writes about the 2010 vintage:

Good winter rains ensured adequate sub-soil moisture and set vines up well with healthy canopies. There was unseasonably hot weather during flowering, but this did not affect fruit setting to any significant extent and vigour was beautifully balanced. There was some more heat early in the season, but with berries only just forming in most cases it was not an issue. The rest of the season was mild with nights mild to cool with very little rain. It was another early start to vintage, and both red and whites from 2010 have strong varietal characters and good balance.

The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 is a dark red coloured wine with ruby hues and beautiful bouquet full of herbs and spices, a note of leather, fennel and forest floor. In the aroma there are also lots of black forest fruits – blackberry and blueberry are the strongest.

In the mouth the wine is dry, full bodied, complex and intense. Acidity is lively and tannins are heavy but round and pleasant. Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 is well-balanced, rich, concentrated and solid. In the mouth there are great fruit flavours (blueberry, blackberry, plum) and a beautiful note of spices (white and black pepper and fennel). The finish is generous and lingering with spices and sweet blueberry aftertaste. Powerful, sensous and harmonious!


Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 wine details:

Wine – Dead Arm Shiraz
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2010
Grape varieties – Shiraz 100%
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester d’Arenberg Osborn; Jack Walton
Vineyards – different Shiraz plots from the vineyards in McLaren Vale
Soils – glacial deposit, beach sand, limestone; shallow sands, clay; red earth over limestone; shallow loams on marley limestone clay;
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14%
Barrel ageing – yes, 18 months in new & old French and American oak barrels
Serving temperature –15-18°C
Cellaring – yes, up to 20 years (according to producer)
Price range – 65$
Others – RS 1.0g/l; TA 6.7; pH 3.50;
Tasting date – March, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia

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