Large scale Shiraz best enjoyed in Magnum
The Dead Arm Shiraz McLaren Vale 1500ml 2004
Size: Large Format
"The renowned 2004 Shiraz The Dead Arm, fashioned from ancient head-pruned vines, is stunning. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of creosote/melted road tar, blackberry and cassis liqueur, pepper, and spice. This deep, rich, full-bodied, tannic Shiraz should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and will last for two decades or more. It is the finest Dead Arm since the 2001. " Wine Advocate 95pts
In 1912 Joseph Osborn – a teetotaller and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons (Hardy’s is now a part of Constellation brands) – purchased some well-established vineyards planted in the previous century. Cellars were built in 1928 and the wine sold throughout the Empire. In the late 1950s D’Arry Osborn assumed control of the winery. His tremendous flair and focus on quality brought considerable fame to the d’Arenberg winery. D’Arry later won the Jimmy Watson Trophy – this helped d’Arenberg become an important wine producer one of the first cult wines in the Australian market. His son Chester Osborn, a Roseworthy trained winemaker, took over the reigns in 1984.Since then, D’Arenberg has a lovely reputation for imagination, eccentricity, hard work and highly focused wine marketing. However, traditional and proven methods of sustainable viticulture are preferred. Cover crops, minimal or no irrigation and low input philosophies are employed to achieve natural vine balance and well concentrated flavourful fruit. You only have to see the vineyards to understand how these philosophies impact on the excellent physical condition of the vines. The wines are all gently pressed through the 1860 Coq and 1940 Bromley & Tregoning basket presses. At almost every price point it delivers something different or interesting.