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Award Winning Wines for » Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines
- From the 2003 Competition

- d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2000 - Medal

BLUE-GOLD Award Winner
and one of the
TOP 1OO Wines of the Competition

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Judges' Comments


Hint of pungent, slightly oily and cassis cherry notes. Lovely explosion of fruit on the palate. All the elements are in harmony with firm, but restrained tannins abound. A wonderful marriage. Delicious cassis aroma with cherries. The flavours really come through on this wine. Tannins and fruit are all in harmony. Delicious combination.


Dense, unevolved, ripe, dark berry nose. Very firm, well integrated tannin. Rich and savoury. A very good food style and a super wine. The matching weight of wine and food ensure these make excellent partners.


Rich and round. Full sweetness. Slight chocolatyness. Hint of mintiness coming through. Great concentration. Rich tannins. Great match with the pie. Sweet and round. Worked well. Rich tannins gave a wonderful structure.


Some liquorice. Some sweet, deep blackberry flavours. Fruitcake. It’s a big, ripe, rich flavoured, almost blockbuster style with some sweet oak and some slight spice. A touch of pepper. A big juicy mouthful finishing with some soft tannins and reasonable length. All of this came together very well with the size of the wine and the richness of the food. It’s a big mouthful but it works.


A burnt oak, charred oak character on the nose with a lot of chocolate. Quite a complex wine. Full bodied, rich, dense, tannic but not overdone. Certainly a big wine. It didn’t really go well with this food. There was a slight bitterness from high alcohol and charry oak on the finish. Being a bit critical here. It’s basically a pretty good wine.


Vanilla and wild blackberries on the nose. Succulent in the mouth. Plump and delicious. Chewy but not hard.


Ripe redcurrant and cassis flavours. Velvety texture. Nice balance. A good wine. It was only partly subdued by the food. Still quite big and tannic. I thought the tannin was in balance, but it would have been better if the oak had been toned down a bit.


Pepper for a first taste. Freshness. Not much fruit. Lean. The pepper and spices add to the texture of the dish. Good complement.


Strong berry. Nice oak. Rich, ripe, soft, rounded style. Heaps of blackberry fruits. Tannins drying but not out of balance.


Black cherry even kirsch flavours. Ultra ripe fruit jumbled together with a lavish dollop of toasty, minty oak. The result is a massive, but at this point clumsy wine, which may knit together with 1 to 2 years in the bottle. However with the pie, the balance becomes even more clumsy and the tannins even more harsh and overwhelming, which calls into question this wine’s potential for smoothing out.


Spicy, mentholated, stewy fruit characters in this big, bold, nosed wine. Pretty much the same happens on the palate. Very chunky, chewy tannins. A massive wine. It’s too big, sweet and chunky for the kangaroo and for any other dish for that matter.


Green fruit flavours. Okay tannins. With food, very jammy, very stringy, dry.


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Country Of Origin

Wine Style
Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines

Grape Variety
McLaren Vale 100% - 100%

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Typical Retail Price
AUD$65.00 (TRP)

Alcohol 14.5% v/v

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Emilie Henwood

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