D'Arenberg, The Dead Arm Shiraz


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This iconic Shiraz is one of the best-loved premium Australian wines in Ireland. Intense earthy, savoury notes lead to dark bramble and sweet black fruits, that are loaded onto the palate, where the sweetness and fruit ripeness is balanced by oak spices and fine, present tannins that yield after four or five years of bottle aging. It is massive stuff and is a perfect candidate for the decanter. Age-worthy for at least another decade.

The Osborn family are an incredible Australian institution that represents four generations of winemaking and over 150 years of Australian history. Based in the McLaren Vale, they began their wine work in 1912 by farming grapes in Bundarra. It wasn't until the 1950s that the d'Arenberg name became appended to the wines, with the invented family crest and now famous red stripe. Since then, they have won almost every possible award. Multiple Australian wine awards and trophies for most of their (sometimes infuriatingly) enormous range of wines, wine personality awards, business awards, best restaurant awards for their two restaurants and the list goes on and on.

Chester Osborn, son of d'Arry, is the current head winemaker and his personal impact and charisma are world-famous. Exuberant styling aside, it is the quality of his wine that truly stands out. They are classic and classy and often defy  generically held opinions of Australian wine quality and traditions. They are exciting in freshness and balance, invention and ingenuity; using old vines and sometimes uncovering varieties that were growing without acknowledgment on their estate, and now, all farmed organically. This is a company and family that is steeped in tradition, but a tradition of self-examination and reaction. The myriad wine names and versions of multiple grape combinations delivers a brilliant patchwork of a portfolio that is worth every accolade that they have received. It doesn't look like they will stop any time soon.

Region: McLaren Vale

Country: Australia

Grape(s): Syrah

Style: Rich, Powerful, Iconic, Full, Dark, Broad

Best food matches: Red Meats, Pork, Pizza, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Game, Fine Dining, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Beef

Alcohol: 14.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.