Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2009 Front Label
Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2009 Front Label

Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2009

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#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.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 94
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.
RP 91
Robert Parker's 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.
W&S 90
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 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.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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