Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
Black core, magenta rim. Red/black fruits with earthy aromas including eucalypt, cloves, spice and lifted chocolate notes. As always, the aromas are interesting and ever evolving in the glass. Dense, but fine fruit profile through the palate; plums, spice, bitter chocolate and subtle eucalypt notes with long fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep purple-crimson; unashamedly full-bodied, but has good balance, texture and structure to its bedrock of blackberry/blackcurrant fruit; well-handled tannins and oak also add to a wine destined for a long life, cork permitting."
Wine Spectator - "Supple, dark and ripe, with juicy prune and spice flavors that keep singing on the long, deftly balanced finish. Big, but well-mannered."
International Wine Cellar - "Dark purple. Intensely fruity and primary on the nose, presenting aromas of candied red and dark berries, Indian spices and violet. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry and floral pastille flavors become spicier with air and pick up a subtle licorice note. Finishes spicy and long, with excellent clarity and lingering dark berry notes."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Samantha’s Garden Shiraz has a rather restrained/earthy nose with a muted core of black fruits, meat, olives and a touch of mint. Ripe, rich and seductive in the mouth, it gives more on the palate than on the nose at this youthful stage, with a medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it 2014 to 2021+.
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Two Hands Wines Winery
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, together with Michael Twelftree, oversees every aspect of the winemaking process. Their flagship Shiraz, Ares, represents the very best parcels in each vintage and is sselected through an intense barrel classification process. This blend of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz displays the incredible depth of flavor and balance that are hallmarks of this wine. View all Two Hands Wines Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood).
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.