2014 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale


“I love the inky, supple black fruit of ‘The Dead Arm.’ It is intensity defined, round and sweet-fruited, but yet still balanced and graceful. So good!” - Arnaldo Burgos, Wine Scout

Referring to a vine disease that cripples half the plant, but concentrates the fruit from the other half, this is almost over-the-top with flavors of black raspberries, cedar, black cherry and spicy mocha. Did you get the memo that declares black, hedonistic Aussie Shiraz like this is not, and has never been, a guilty pleasure?

Now in its 4th generation and 114th harvest, this stalwart of Australia’s McLaren Vale is making the best wines in its history. Francis “d’Arry” Osborn and his son Chester run this fun-loving winery with spirit, and produce 60 wines, from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to inky Shiraz on down to fortified, port-style wines.

Chester Osborn
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French and American Oak
McLaren Vale
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Syrah
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Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 The Dead Arm Shiraz offers expressive blueberry, blackberry and licorice notes with hints of Provence herbs, tapenade, garrigue and cracked black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate provided a taut backbone of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acidity packed with black fruit and earthy flavor layers, finishing long