Medium to full red-purple; masses of dark plum, prune and licorice fruit on the bouquet, then a palate flooded with the same fruit characters plus a generous dash of bitter chocolate; lots of tannin and extract; needs a decade.
The unfined/unfiltered 2000 The Dead Arm Shiraz is one of South Australia’s finest wines of the vintage. A perfume of grilled steak intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, earth, pepper, and melted licorice rises from this awesome red. With great power, richness, and no hard edges, it is still young and primary, but should hit its peak in 3-7 years, and last for two decades or more.
Firm in texture, remarkably focused on flavor, offering solid blackberry and cherry flavors at the center and touches of licorice and mint around the edges, echoing on the slightly chewy but long finish.
This wine gets its name from a vine fungus that kills off part of the vine. The vine gets pruned back, which leads to small berries and low yields; this concentrates the intense, fleshy blue-black fruit flavors. There is a rich, juicy feel to the wine, which has firm but well-integrated tannins.
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