2004 Lost Highway - Shiraz Stella's Garden 750ml

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

IWC 92   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($40; made by Sarah and Sparky Marquis) Inky ruby color. Assertive and powerful nose shows blackberry, creme de cassis, cola, vanilla, dark chocolate and molasses aromas. Explosively ripe, almost sweet on the palate, with flavors of dark berry and plum liqueur, raspberry jam and chocolate building and expanding through the finish. There are sizable tannins here but the fruit completely overwhelms any rough edges. For the category, this is a solid value. (Vine St. Imports, Philadelphia, PA)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 127

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Tom G165
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/01/2011

Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

212 bottles owned by 73 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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