When thinking about the reason behind a wine named Dead Arm, it’s tempting to make up a story like Captain Hook’s or Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister’s, although in reality, it’s not a man’s but a vine’s arm the one that the label refers to.
Just as these fictional men gained a remarkable dexterity on their remaining limb after the other was taken from them, plants affected by the Dead Arm disease see one side perishing slowly while the surviving one begins to offer grapes with a fantastic concentration of flavours.
Such intensity can be appreciated when tasting a glass of d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2010, a wine as powerful and smooth as a skilled swordsman, but with a way more pleasant attack: ripe forest fruit, plum compote and spice arrive wrapped in velvety tannins.
With a moderate acidity and a generous nose of black pepper, black berries and black cherries, this Aussie has all it takes to push wine lovers into the red side. The combination of new and old French oak and new American confers the wine with an elegant and moderate oak character that sets it apart from other, more in-your-face Shiraz.
Time has given it a remarkable complexity, with cinnamon notes and a pleasant earthiness and with over half a decade under its characteristic red belt, d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 is ready to drink now but it promises to stay in great shape for many future Christmases.
This rich and flavourful winter warmer will be a great companion to seasonal dishes, specially richly seasoned meat dishes.
TRY AND BUY DEAD ARM SHIRAZ AT “d’ARENBERG CHESTER CHAMPIONS” OFF-LICENCES [€54.99]
Febvre Wines has partnered up with a series of off-licences across the country to create in-store visibility, host in-store tastings, run competitions and sell the wines at a special price from October to December 2016. These retailers will be known as the d’Arenberg “Chester’s Champions”
Dublin: Martin’s Off Licence, Fairview, Dublin 3; Shiel’s Londis, Malahide, Co Dublin; Redmond’s of Ranelagh, Dublin 6; and Donnybrook Fair Dublin 4
Kilkenny: The Wine Centre, Kilkenny City
Cork: O’Donovan’s, Cork
Galway: Woodberry’s, Galway City
Laois: Egan’s of Portlaoise
Northern Ireland: McSwiggans of Magherafelt and Fairley’s Wines, Coleraine.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.