Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2004
from Barossa Valley, Australia
Ares is one of three Flagships, representing the very finest selection of Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Two Hands.
Dense purple black to the core with layers of black fruit with a waft of cedary oak. Layers of complexity on the palate are framed by well handled oak and a fine integrated tannin structure.
"Rich and generous with its silky tannins and expressive black cherry, blackberry, huckleberry and meaty spice notes that flit through the long, round, oak-scented finish. Has great vibrancy and detail, and the finish lingers for days. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. 417 cases imported."
"The 2004 Shiraz Ares is spectacular. Aged 12 months in 100% new French oak, the Ares is produced from the finest 20 barrels from the Bella’s Garden cuvee. Inky/blue/purple with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, black currants, licorice, and smoke, this is a full-bodied, super-rich, intense, fabulously pure, rich Shiraz with a multidimensional mid-palate as well as a 45+ second finish. It will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for 2-3 decades.
The Wine Advocate
"Inky violet. Initially brooding, dense and chocolaty, then quickly unwinds to show the full range of dark fruit tones: boysenberry, mulberry, blueberry, blackberry and cassis. A complicating note of smoked meat emerges with air, along with sexy oak spice (this was raised in 100% new French oak of fancy lineage) that adds a sweet impression but doesn't get in the way. Huge, mouthfilling, layered and rich but also remarkably fresh and vibrant, with the dark berry flavors joined by a brighter cherry quality that adds vibrancy and thrust. A powerful suggestion of exotic spicecake develops on the finish, which shows big but thoroughly buffered tannins. Amazing shiraz that should develop for many years to come.
International Wine Cellar
"Dense colour; ultra-powerful and concentrated, and somewhat bound up in itself, albeit with sumptuous dark fruits; needs much patience."
Australian Wine Companion
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A Customer - virginia
black and inky, this wine is powerful, yet elegant. Layers upon layers of black fruit, held together by chewy, ripe tannins with a judicious backbone of oak. A perfect example of how well Shiraz can be made.
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