2003 Lost Highway - Shiraz Stella's Garden 750ml

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 91   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($60) Medium ruby. Exotic, almost confectionery aromas of cinnamon toast, cherries jubilee and dark chocolate, with subtle oak spice accents; smells like liquid Linzer torte. Supple, smooth and juicy in the mouth, with fresh raspberry and strawberry flavors and silky, sweet tannins. This is neither too heavy nor syrupy and has admirable restraint for its size. The long finish features juicy kirsch and creme de framboise notes. I'd have guessed this to be grenache or possibly a New World pinot noir. . (Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 122

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: jpleedy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Wow, what a killer Shiraz. Really ripe red fruit against Stilton cheese and white truffles. So concentrated it was almost stinky, but in a wonderful way. Silky mouth feel, just enough tannins for structure. Blown away by this wine and I try to be pretty objective.

Average rating: 91, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

226 bottles owned by 63 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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