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d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2016 £33.95
D'ARENBERG THE DEAD ARM SHIRAZ
Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in the picturesque surrounds of McLaren Vale. Today fourth generation family member Chester Osborn is at the winemaking helm, making distinctive wines using traditional methods in the winery and the vineyard.
Decanting this wine is highly recommended to allow it to reach its true potential. Initially, our senses are flooded with an array of savoury, earthy notes. Shiitake mushrooms, roasted meats and modelling clay. Slowly as the air permeates through the wine, the savoury layers are peeled away revealing a wealth of sweet black fruits. The palate is similarly laden with blackberry, plum and mulberry flavours. The sweetness is offset by a raft of woody spices and umami character. Superbly rich and supported by a core of slatey, crushed rock-like tannins, this is a wine that will reward patience.
While enjoyable in youth, this wine will reach its full potential with bottle age up to at least 20 years. The considerable structure and depth will ensure that the fruit characters will develop over time revealing more complexity and providing immense interest. This wine is best stored in an environment free of direct sunlight and with consistent temperatures between 10°C and 15°C.
Try with Beef Wellington or Indian barbecue rack of lamb and jalfrezi lamb shoulder.
James Halliday: 92 Points
Super colour, a dark purple-red; a colossal wine that's full-bodied, tannic but shapely with jammy ripe fruit, lots of spices, violets and meaty aromas. A bitterness on the finish detracts as does the kick of alcohol.
The Real Review: 93 points
Very deep, dark, youthful purple/red colour, which stains the glass, and a licorice and plum jam bouquet, with some overripe touches. There is a touch of sulfide too. The palate is gritty-textured and full-bodied, with a distinct touch of bitterness. It's hard to divine the future of this wine. One thing is certain: it needs more time.
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