The Shiraz offers dark plum fruits, mulberries and licorice with plenty of concentration, depth and velvety tannin.
The Grenache adds a lovely lusciousness to the wine with raspberry, blueberry and floral notes adding prettiness.
Both of the afore mentioned varieties also give a little white pepper character which has been accentuated in the cooler vintage and really acts as a point of interest.
Finally, the Mourvedre provides a perception of elegance and restraint through its red fruits with a hint of dried herb and fine chalky tannin.
The d''Arrys Original is a crowd favourite for
more than sentimental reasons. The 2014
version has a lifted bouquet full of mixed
fruit and baking spices, complimented by
ever so subtle fresh leather and sandalwood
notes. The palate is surprisingly quite
elegant but again the complexity of flavours
really sets it apart as a wine. There is a
wonderful balance between acid and fruit
sweetness that leaves this wine right in the
zone. Whilst the fruit adds generosity, the
fine acid sits it up in the palate giving lovely
shape which translates into freshness. The
tannins also, whilst playing a role, are
beautifully integrated leaving us with a fine
drying sensation onto which the remnants
of fruit cling. Undoubtedly one of the best
value wines in the d''Arenberg stable, a level
of sophistication rarely seen at this price
point. Sure to please in youth yet with a
promise to develop ever greater range and
This is a wine of great presence, loaded with
classic Cabernet Sauvignon characters of
cassis, plums, cedar, red capsicum and
violets. Despite the depth and complexity of
the fruit, the palate remains true to
Cabernet form, providing a sleek mouthfeel
framed by a long line of fine, chalky tannins.
Powerful, aromatic, persistent and
charming all at once. While this wine offers
enough fruit to be enjoyed in youth, expect
5-8 further years of careful cellaring to
enhance its overall quality and enjoyment.
An assault on the senses led by an extremely
hedonistic bouquet, bursting with cherry
and strawberry notes. The purity of the fruit
character is a feature and unmistakeably
Pinot. The palate shows lovely medium
bodied restraint but again is loaded with
fruit characters including dark cherry, spice
and a ripple of rhubarb. This is matched to a
well etched acidity and velvety tannins.
Effortless and rewarding to drink.
To taste this exotic mix of Iberian varieties
is to embark upon a tantalizing journey of
the senses. The nose exhibits an enticing
mix of red, black and purple fruits such as
plum, blackcurrant and dark cherry truffle.
There is another layer of secondary aromas
though, that makes this a seriously complex
wine, mushrooms, autumn leaves and earth.
A similar theme is found on the palate with
flavours of red licorice, spice and peat all
evident. The hallmark of this vintage
though is a rhubarb, ironstone-like note
that adds an incredible core of mineral
tannins and bright acidity. The wine is both
lively and complex at the same time. Like all
d''Arenberg reds, this wine will benefit from
careful cellaring for up to 15 years.
Dark brooding fruit is apparent on the nose
with earth, spice and dried herbs. The palate
is round and luscious with an attractive
black olive and sage character persistent
throughout the palate. This wine has
fantastic fruit weight, with great supporting
tannin and balanced acidity. It still looks
very youthful and should easily cellar for
the next ten years.
On the nose we are struck by the typical
dark fruits that drinkers of this wine have
come to love and expect. Plums, mulberries,
fresh soil and more developed peaty like
notes are all apparent, with an underlying
lick of exotic Indian spice. But, it is the
irony, stone like character that gives away
the vintage. An abundance of fresh fruits on
the palate marry well with the more
complex characters of quince paste,
cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and earthy
beetroot. Driving the core of the wine is that
vintage trademark in the form of graphite
and wet stone. This wine, while appearing
open and generous already, will continue to
age well thanks to the lively line of acidity
and the abundance of fine gritty tannins.
On the nose we are struck by the typical dark fruits. Plums, mulberries, fresh soil and more developed peaty like notes are all apparent, with an underlying lick of exotic Indian spice.
An abundance of fresh fruits on the palate marry well with the more complex characters of quince paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and earthy beetroot. Driving the core of the wine is that vintage trademark in the form of graphite and wet stone. This wine, while appearing open and generous already, will continue to age well thanks to the lively line of acidity and the abundance of fine gritty tannins.
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
by a core of slatey, crushed rock-like
tannins, this is a wine that will reward
The heady aroma is both powerful and
pretty with notes of fennel, purple flowers
and blossom mingling with ripe, varietal
purple fruits and black pepper. The oak is
hardly evident which allows fruit and soil
complexities to emerge with edges of
rhubarb and red mulberry and savoury
characters of dried herbs, game and spice.
The palate opens with anise, black pepper,
graphite and restrained dark cherries
before it gives way to seductive mulberry,
plum, licorice and spice. It has great power,
depth and length with very vibrant, gritty
fruit tannins providing immense structure.
Notes of anise and spice linger for a long
time after the last sip.
The Dead Arm 2008 strikes a rare balance
of power, complexity and finesse with
impressive structure that will reward those
with patience to cellar it.