Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
#35 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The color is black with deep, deep red rim. Restrained on release, with deep red fruits, dusty cinnamon spice, liquorice and earth. Underneath are subtle notes of smoky cedar and chocolate.
Tight and elegant from the start. Fine red fruits that gently roll through the palate, with earthy cedary notes. The fine tannins and acid support the mid- to late-palate and slowly all of the flavor and structure subsides evenly after a 60 second finish. The 2009 season was a glorious season and this Bella's could be the best to date. Be Patient.
Wine Spectator - "Complex, focused, fresh and distinctive for its mineral-accented cherry and plum flavors, hinting at licorice, bay leaf, black tea and pepper as the finish lingers against refined, mouthcaressing tannins. This has depth and lingers well. Drink now through 2019."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque violet. Powerful, almost candied aromas of boysenberry, mulberry and cherry-vanilla, with subtle hints of smoked meat and cola. Deeply concentrated, juicy black and blue fruit flavors show impressive palate-coating power. The very long, sweet finish features a strong blueberry quality, with velvety tannins sneaking in at the very end."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Bella's Garden Shiraz has a deep purple-black color and an earthy / savory nose of underbrush, fertile earth, bacon and black olives over warm cassis and blackberries plus hints of dried plums and soy. Big, powerful and full bodied in the mouth, it has a medium level of velvety tannins and good line of very crisp acid, enlivening the long, richly-fruited finish. "
Wine & Spirits - "This wine's sweet fruit edges toward raisined super-ripeness, but it maintains its drive. The balance is harmonious, the texture complete rather than thick, leaving room for food. Serve it with thick-cut lamb chops. "
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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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