Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Outstanding Langtons Classification, one of Australia's most revered red wines, highly sought by enthusiasts around the globe. Named after a notorious vine blight which strikes fear into the heart of viticulturalists around the world, Darenberg's construct of Dead Arm Shiraz is an aberration of ancient, truncated, gap toothed vines which date back to 1912. A powerful red wine, vinified from the most intensely flavoured hand picked fruit, renowned by enthusiasts throughout the world, it remains one of Australia's most accessible, great icon wines.
Walking the old vineyards and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal time to pick each row. Small batches are crushed and transferred to fermenters. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and filled to oak for completion. Ferments are aged with a view to keep the wine fresh while also reducing oak influence. Chester undertakes an extensive barrel tasting to determine the assemblage. Batches are matured eighteen months on gross sedimentery lees in a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak barriques. Dead Arm isbottled unfined and unfiltered, which may result in a harmless bottle deposit, decanting is advised.
Deep scarlet colour. Sweet fruits on the bouquet, the nose appears all about cedar, peat, fresh turned soil, ironstone, fennel and cured meats. A raft of black and purple fruits, blackberry, satsuma plum, blackcurrant, liquorice and sweet beetroot. Initially earthy and savoury, slowly giving way to sweeter and spicier fruits. The mouthfeel is very sleek and focused, it's all about style, savouriness and poise.