While definitely the icon of the Icon series of d’Arenberg wines, it’s not the most expensive in their ever increasing lineup of wines. Along with the others (Ironstone Pressings and Coppermine Road) in the Icon series, the Dead Arm Shiraz has been given an updated look. And very smart it is to.
What’s inside the 2010 Dead Arm Shiraz is also very smart, and over-delivers for the price. The aroma is dark and abundant. Dark fruits of plums and sweet damp earth. There’s the typical d’Arenberg savoury Indian spice (dusty fennel seed, white pepper) in the background there too.
On the palate – wow! Reminds me of a Facebook relationship status – “it’s complicated”. Overflowing with fruit; more rich dark plums, ripe mulberries bursting with juice. The distinctive McLaren Vale black olive, or black olive brine. A savoury soy character balances the fruit intensity, and stops it from being too much. Black pepper spice, and other warm spices add yet more interest. It’s a big wine with fine drying tannins. It … lingers …a … loooong … time. As always with d’Arenberg Dead Arm I would expect to cellar 15-20 years, but given the 2010 vintage possibly more.
What would I match with it? Probably just a big glass – and have it by itself.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer