Two Hands Bad Impersonator Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Dark red to purple at the core. Lifted with notes of dark plum, licorice and more unusual characters such as clove, rose, ginger and black tea leaves.
A much gentler wine than many Barossa Shiraz. A dry and savory fruit profile balanced by texture, excellent persistence and balanced tannin and acid. Medium bodied and ideally partnered with red meat and game dishes.
Australian Wine Companion - "A generous, bold, medium- to full-bodied wine with rich, ripe fruit tempered by French oak and integrated, ripe tannins. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This intensely flavored Barossa Shiraz features notes of sweaty leather, stewed plums, black olive and coffee beans. Itâ€™s full-bodied and creamy in texture, with ample but soft tannins that glide easily over the palate. The concentrated fruit and long, complex finish suggest that it can be consumed now and over the next 10 years."
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and polished, with a pretty mint note adding interest to the blueberry and blackberry flavors, persisting expressively on the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2016. 275 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The deep crimson-colored 2006 Shiraz Bad Impersonator was aged in French oak, 30% new. It offers up an alluring bouquet of smoke, meat, bacon, spice box, and blueberry followed by a round, layered wine with tons of spicy blue fruits, good concentration, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years but can be enjoyed now.
Two Hands is a negociant operation run impeccably by Michael Twelftree. It reflects the best that can be sourced from all over South Australia. The packaging provides some serious design competition to the Dan Philips R Wine portfolio. The Garden Series is Shiraz sourced from a wide range of South Australia vineyards and line-priced at $60. "
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed, complex bouquet of blackberry, mulberry and Asian spices. Lush dark berry flavors offer impressive juicy clarity and depth, with subtle baking spices gaining strength with air. A fresh, energetic, graceful wine with no excess weight and impressive finishing lift and grip."
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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 proper. 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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.