Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 16.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ares is black to the core. Attractive aromas of dark red and black fruits such as cherry, dried fig and Satsuma plum. The fruit characters are complemented by notes of spice, mocha, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and cedar. Ares represents the very best selection of Shiraz from Two Hands Wines. A statuesque, powerful and deeply flavured wine matured in 100% new French oak.
"There are three “icon” wines in the portfolio. The opaque purple-colored 2006 Ares is a 100% Shiraz cuvee sourced from Barossa (77%) and McLaren Vale (23%) which received some “200% new oak” treatment. Following a barrel selection of the winery’s best Shiraz (not all of which was in new oak), the wine spent its last 12 months of elevage in 100% new French barriques. It offers up a room-filling perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, vanilla, pepper, sage, plum, and blueberry pie. Opulent and layered on the palate, this extracted, mouth-filling effort has tons of succulent fruit, savory flavors, and a very long, fruit-filled finish. It will reward 6-8 years of cellaring and have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2031.
The Wine Advocate
"Polished and generous. A plush mouthful of cherry, blackberry and creamy spice flavors that linger effortlessly on the long, open-textured finish. There's power in this wine, but it lurks below the glassy, seamless surface, ready to grow and get more complex with aging. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made."
"Inky purple. Hugely aromatic nose displays vivid scents of blackberry, cassis, graphite, licorice and lavender. Shockingly lithe and precise, with vibrant red and dark berry, mineral and cured tobacco flavors supported by suave, velvety tannins. Becomes sweeter and juicier with air, finishing with nervy minerality and outstanding persistence. A very deft blend of power and finesse."
International Wine Cellar
"Dense crimson; there is no point in grumbling about the alcohol, for the wine takes no prisoners. Recalls Robert Parker's glowing description of a Barossa red as unfortified vintage port to which he gave 99 or so points. In that context, this is as good as they come."
Australian Wine Companion
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Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. Their aim was, and still is, to produce the best possible wines from prized Shiraz growng regions throughout Australia. Quality without compromise is a core value that drives all decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. Winemaker Matt Wenk has been with Two Hands since 2002 and,...
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Learn About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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