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2002 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2004

($65) Bright full ruby. Varietally expressive aromas of currant, espresso, smoke, gunflint and sexy oak, with a distinctly feral note. Highly concentrated, dense and smoky, with a strong syrah note of gunflint. Broad, mouthfilling shiraz with lovely framing acidity, intriguing minerality and impressively sweet tannins.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by chan10577260
I opened a bottle this evening;it is a big wine, silky, spicy and is high in acidity. Exceptionally good length. Will surely develop into an outstanding wine after further bottle age. Believe it or not,I like it more than the 1997 Penfold Grange. Given its good value, I suggest Syrah lovers stock up some and no one will be disappointed. I hope the 2003 vintage will even turn out better.
by R. Parker Westinghouse, III
Full bodied and silky in the mouth with blackberry, blueberry, cappuccino, and chocolate with underlying minerality and persistent finish with balanced tannins. Seems to be higher in acidity than the 2001 and not quite so dense and syrupy. I was hoping for a little more complexity, but this wine is somewhat monolithic. Hopefully, with some bottle age, the flavors in this wine will become more delineated. I liked the 2001 more, although I only tasted it once and I was already drunk. This is a good wine, but at this time warrants no more than 93-94 points.


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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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