2002 Two Hands - Shiraz Bad Impersonator 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

Collector 93
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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2006-2010
2002 is widely being hailed as a watershed vintage for most of Australia. Michael Twelftree, one of the owners of Two Hands, agrees. Many of his vineyards enjoyed 59 straight days with no rain and temperatures in the high seventies to low eighties ? virtually perfect conditions for Two Hands? style of wine. Across the board in 2002, Two Hands? wines were successful and if you should ever run across their as yet unnamed late harvest S?millon (one barrel produced from a three acre vineyard) buy all that you can. The Bad Impersonator is Two Hands? take on making a simulated Cote Rotie from Barossa fruit. The wine hails from a 35-year-old Shiraz vineyard and is raised entirely in French oak. Black at the core to blood colored at the edge with moderately pigmented legs. A big, very enticing, and syrupy nose of blackberry, raspberry, slightly funky leather, espresso, and vanilla tinged wood. Mouth coating flavors of dark fruits, spice, more espresso, and toast. Ends quite long with an intriguing flavor of anise manifesting only at the end. A serious buy ? I bought a case for my personal cellar.

Average rating: 94, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

95 bottles owned by 47 collectors.

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About This Producer

The "two hands" are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible Shiraz-based wines from prized regions within Australia. In 2000 they started with just 17 tons of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad, with a healthy stream of reviews, culminating in 2004 with Robert Parker pronouncing Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator."

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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