2004 Two Hands - Shiraz Bella's Garden 750ml

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

WS 95   WA 94   IWC 91(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Dark, deep and impressively focused, a massive wall of delicious fruit -- cherry, pomegranate, raspberry and red plum are among the first to appear -- tempered with refined tannins that let the flavors sail on and on through the extended finish. 1,500 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

From the Barossa, the inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 Shiraz Bella's Garden offers notions of mint, blackberries, smoke, dusty earth, and a distinctive licorice and creme de cassis character. This layered, full-bodied, powerful (all of these wines have 15-16% alcohol), stunningly complex, rich, impressive Shiraz requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 10-15.

Drink Dates: 2008-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 167

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($60) Dark purple. Powerful red fruit scents, with strong suggestions of kirsch and white pepper. Densely packed flavors of candied strawberry and raspberry preserves are given focus and definition by bracing acids and fine tannins. This very young shiraz finishes on bright, tangy notes of pomegranate and rhubarb. I'd give this wine at least a few years in the cellar to flesh out.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 127

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Peter H918
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/25/2007
Very yummy - mega fruit! smooth great wine. Just be in the mood for a BIG new world wine.

Rating: 95
Author: Nick O
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/15/2009

Rating: 95
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/24/2011
Really amazing, needs long decant or a few more years. Blackberries, mint.

Rating: 94
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/30/2012
Deep and rich, peppery, jammy flavors. Very smooth, maybe not as complex as the last bottle I had, but still drinking very nicely

Rating: 91
Author: AllanBG
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/06/2009

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Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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1652 bottles owned by 495 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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