Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
The 2010 Ares Shiraz s a dense black color. Aromas of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, subtle char, graphite and spice, grilled meats. On the palate, the wine is extremely complex and flavorsome but quite restrained. Full of dark fruits and chocolate, spice and char that roll on and on, all wound up with fine long subtle tannins.
Wine Spectator - "Vivid flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, cream and spice mix smoothly as they play against refined tannins in this aristocratic Shiraz, which lets the finish linger gracefully. Gripping in its depth and ease of expression."
Australian Wine Companion - "Still dense purple-crimson, the cork showing no signs of wine travel; a riotously rich and voluptuous palate, with a symphony of black fruits, licorice, plum cake, dark chocolate, sweet oak and ripe tannins. Pray the cork lives as long as the wine."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Intense aromas of dark berries, cherry skin, pipe tobacco and graphite, with a jolt of Indian spices adding lift. Completely stains the palate with deep black and blue fruit flavors and shows impressive energy to go along with its power. Bitter chocolate and vanilla notes carry through a satisfyingly long, sweet, subtly tannic finish that shows excellent breadth and focus. This doesn't want to let up, which is fine with me."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Ares offers lovely dried fruits, plum pudding, mincemeat and Chinese five spice notes with an earthy/savory/yeast extract undercurrent. Very full bodied and chock-full of fruit and spice flavour layers, it has a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and crisp acid propping up the weighty fruit, finishing with commendable persistence. Drink this one 2014 to 2024+."
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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 Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
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 industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
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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