95 Pts - James Halliday - 'Australian Wine Companion'
95pts - Robert Parker - "The Wine Advocate'
95pts - Jeremy Oliver - "The Australian Wine Annual'
"D’Arenberg’s flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, & blackberry. Firm, layered, & complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz...will be superb to 2036." - Robert Parker
"The Dead Arm rarely fails to deliver an uncompromising essay on McLaren fruit; deeply concentrated with levels of dark chocolate, blackberry, nuances of florals & a freshness that belies its weight and power." - James Halliday
"Fine-grained, balanced & savoury, this warm but not overcooked shiraz builds towards a powerful crescendo of flavour. Its deep aromas of bloody red fruits, currants, plums & berries are backed by slightly meaty cedar/vanilla oak & undertones of licorice, cloves & white pepper. It’s long, smooth & luscious, with a deep presence of sour-edged black & red fruits & star anise underpinned by smooth, satiny tannins. It finishes long & savoury, with a hint of saltiness." - Jeremy Oliver