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Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • RP91
14.8% ABV
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  • RP90
  • WS92
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  • WS94
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14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Black core, magenta rim. Red/black fruits with earthy aromas including eucalypt, cloves, spice and lifted chocolate notes. As always, the aromas are interesting and ever evolving in the glass. Dense, but fine fruit profile through the palate; plums, spice, bitter chocolate and subtle eucalypt notes with long fine tannins.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Deep purple-crimson; unashamedly full-bodied, but has good balance, texture and structure to its bedrock of blackberry/blackcurrant fruit; well-handled tannins and oak also add to a wine destined for a long life, cork permitting.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Supple, dark and ripe, with juicy prune and spice flavors that keep singing on the long, deftly balanced finish. Big, but well-mannered.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Samantha’s Garden Shiraz has a rather restrained/earthy nose with a muted core of black fruits, meat, olives and a touch of mint. Ripe, rich and seductive in the mouth, it gives more on the palate than on the nose at this youthful stage, with a medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it 2014 to 2021+.
Rating: 91+
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Two Hands Wines, Clare Valley, Australia
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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 selected 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.

Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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