Its a cold start to the week in Canberra and there isn’t a better time to start reaching for the heavier reds. Because of my love for shiraz I have chosen the 2008 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz, Wow! Last Week I was in McLaren Vale and I visited the d’Arenberg winery which is an icon in the district. D’Arenberg was established in 1912 and their Dead Arm is their Flagship Shiraz.
Dead Arm is a affiliate that effects old vines and is caused by the Fungus Eutypa Lata. It slowly reduces one half or arm of the vine to dead wood. What that does is send all of the that powerful flavor to only half the fruit, resulting in an amazingly concentrated wine. Its no wonder James Halliday gave it 96/100 when he reviewed it!
The Dead Arm shows spicy characters with touches of chacuterie which goes well with what im eating for lunch today which is Puppadelle Con Agrello, a perfect match for slow braised lamb shoulder.
The 2008 Dead Arm is drinking well now but has the potential to cellar nicely for another 12 years. The 2008 Dead arm Shiraz is available in select Canberra restaurants by the glass that use the Enomatic wine system.
Carlo Toslini is our newest RiotACT contributor. Carlo is a well known Canberran business man who has a great love of wine and food. He owns the institutional Tosolinis restaurant.