95 Points Robert Parker
D’Arenberg’s most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Jay S Miller. October, 2007
89 Points James Halliday
Some reduced characters blur the profile of the usually opulent fruit, introducing some bitter notes; not likely to recover. Drink to 2012.
Source: James Halliday. September, 2007