d Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005

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The name for this wine is often joked about. Some thought the wine to be so big and heavy that your arm hardly worked after consuming a reasonable amount.

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Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.

Vintage 2005 could be summarised as a vintage that ripened without interruptions. It was early, it was late. After a slightly dry winter, spring rains in November sent vines booming and set up a quick condensed flowering and set with good berry numbers. Summer was cool with intermitted rains throughout December and January on a fortnightly basis which made for a mild but steady lead up to harvest without interrupting veraison. Vigour was nominal due to only moderate reserves of soil moisture from a relatively dry winter which restricted shoot length. With the onset of autumn we experienced a burst of warm to hot, dry weather with above average day and night time temperatures throughout March, April and May which secured anearly intake of every variety. The resulting wines are very tight wines, with very good red fruit fragrance and lovely acidity.

Bottle Size750ml (Regular Bottle)
GrapesShiraz
Sensory PropertiesSome reduced characters blur the profile of the usually opulent fruit, introducing some bitter notes; not likely to recover.
Alcohol Content14.5%
Awards93 Points - Jeremy Oliver, Stephen Tanzer
Point Score93

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d Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005

d Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005

The name for this wine is often joked about. Some thought the wine to be so big and heavy that your arm hardly worked after consuming a reasonable amount.

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Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.

Vintage 2005 could be summarised as a vintage that ripened without interruptions. It was early, it was late. After a slightly dry winter, spring rains in November sent vines booming and set up a quick condensed flowering and set with good berry numbers. Summer was cool with intermitted rains throughout December and January on a fortnightly basis which made for a mild but steady lead up to harvest without interrupting veraison. Vigour was nominal due to only moderate reserves of soil moisture from a relatively dry winter which restricted shoot length. With the onset of autumn we experienced a burst of warm to hot, dry weather with above average day and night time temperatures throughout March, April and May which secured anearly intake of every variety. The resulting wines are very tight wines, with very good red fruit fragrance and lovely acidity.

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