Shop Tasting: The First 15 vintages of d'Arenberg's "Dead Arm" Shiraz (1993-2007)

Date: 27th September 2016
Time: 6.30-8 PM
Venue: The Fine Wine Experience Shop (Shop D, 85 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, HK)
Price: HKD 580 per seat. Limited to 14 guests


Today we have something unusually rare amongst tasting themes — the first 15 vintages of the South Australian Shiraz icon, d’Arenberg’s ‘Dead Arm’ Shiraz.


I still think about the bully in school who knew exactly where to punch my arm with one knuckle extended, to hit the nerve and make my arm numb. (He’s probably gone on to bigger and brighter things, like advising Donald Trump on security matters). But in fact ‘dead arm’ is the name for a condition in old vines called Eutypa lata, leaving the vine with one productive branch instead of two. The implication is reduced yields leading to more intensity and complexity.


These are clearly two attributes it is easy to use to describe the resulting wine, the flagship label at this McLaren Vale institution. 
Actually this vertical is pretty special – first, none of the initial 15 vintages is missing, and all are now mature. We’ll get an insight into vintage variation, as well as a clear picture of the cellaring potential of the wine. Secondly, those first vintages are now extremely rare. The 1993 was an experimental label release and something of a darling in the Australian auction scene. But I’ve always enjoyed challenges in collecting, so complete it has to be.

 

Vintages will be served:
2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

WINES TASTED