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2014 d'Arenberg Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "The Dead Arm"

d'Arenberg 2014 The Dead Arm Shiraz

Winery: d'Arenberg

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Dead Arm"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: McLaren Vale

State or country: Australia

Price: $65

Cases produced: 2,100

KWG Score: 93.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 24, 2019

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored Shiraz from d'Arenberg was our top scorer in our recent Big Blind tasting. It opens with a flinty wet stone and red raspberry bouquet with hints of vanilla chai. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a mineral infused stewed plum with notes of black tea, blueberry and currant. We also detected some hints of black cherry mixed in as well. The finish features moderate drying dusty tannins that stick around for quite a while. The Tasting Panel suggested pairing this Shiraz with a ribeye steak. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Highly aromatic in the early stages of its life, the nose is dominated by an array of ripe berry fruits and spicy notes. The dark, earthy and savory characters whilst present, seem to be taking a back seat. Nonetheless, they play an integral role in adding depth and complexity here. The palate is similarly positioned, showing almost restrained fruit weight but great depth of flavor and wonderful brightness. Lively tannins that present themselves early and drive the wine from start to finish, draw fruit flavor along with them.

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