Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
Magenta with subtle brick red hues. Red berry aromas such as red currants and plum and beautifully lifted perfume and spice aromas immediately entice. Hints of eucalypt, dried sage, gunflint, mocha and underlying earth notes. Red fruit and spice flavors compliment a clean but savory, meaty element. The focused acidity balances perfectly with the firm yet juicy tannins and excellent midpalate fruit weight.
Wine Spectator - "Shows density and grace, with mineral notes weaving through the blackberry and dark plum flavors, finishing tight and harmonious. The tannins are slightly prickly, requiring time to soften. Best from 2010 through 2017."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Reticent but complex nose displays primary red and dark berry aromas along with rhubarb, licorice and Asian spices. Quite bright and spicy in the mouth, with flavors of red- and blackcurrant, blackberry and bitter cherry. Finishes with excellent finishing clarity, lift and lingering spiciness."
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, 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 character all their own. The lime and mineral flavors, paired with zesty acidity, make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with 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. Despite the fairly warm temperatures, the acidity in Clare Valley red wines are typically higher than wines produced further south. Good structure is a key characteristic, making Clare Valley wines ideal for pairing with 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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