2005 Two Hands - Shiraz Ares 750ml

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WS 98   IWC 95   WA 95   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

A majestic wine that's tremendously aromatic and dense in texture, but amazingly refined. Delineates its ripe plum, blueberry and currant flavors with precision, shading the fruit with nuances of coffee and dark chocolate, hinting at smoke and licorice as the finish laps at the palate like the shore of a deep lake. Shiraz. 850 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($150) Inky violet. Outrageously scented nose combines pungent floral, spice and mineral tones with kirsch, blackcurrant and blueberry aromas. Surprisingly zesty in the mouth, with vibrant red, black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by peppery minerality and sweetened by hints of floral pastille and mocha. There's energy and cut here that reminded me of cabernet more than shiraz. The incisive finish features a dark berry skin tone and a bright jolt of cracked pepper. Can you call it a finish when it doesn't stop? Twelftree says that his goal here was to make a 15-to-20-year wine.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 133

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2005 Shiraz "Ares" is a glass-coating opaque purple. The nose delivers tar, scorched earth, saddle leather, blueberry, and a hint of chocolate. Opulent, layered, and intensely flavored, it has excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity and enough hidden structure to evolve for up to a decade. Drink this tasty Shiraz through 2025. Two Hands is a negociant operation run impeccably by Michael Twelftree. It reflects the best that can be sourced from all over South Australia. The packaging provides some serious design competition to Dan Philips' Grateful Palate and R Wines portfolio.

Drink Dates: 2017-2025
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Deborah D213
Tasted On: 04/24/2008
Excellent - one of the best reds I have ever tasted

Rating: 98
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 04/25/2013

Rating: 97
Author: StefanBoedeker
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/20/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2018
This can't be called a red wine anymore - it was black! The aroma was full of dark berries, plum, coffee, chocolate and peppery spice. On the palate it all mixed together to a full bodied, concentrated powerful wine with a superb finish.

Rating: 97
Author: TMac
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/30/2011
Monday, April 25, 2011 - We decided to pop one of these to have with Easter dinner. Decanted for three hours. The nose was very nicely balanced with a blend of blackberries, sweet plum, and five spice powder. It was truly mouth coating without being overly sweet. Very strong flavors of blackberry and blueberries with the lightest hint of oak seamlessly running through from start to finish. The tannins really provided a perfect offset for the velvety sweetness and finish. It was hard to believe this was a 16% wine. Michael really has the touch. Superb.

Rating: 95
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/27/2012
Site Blog: mac_h

Average rating: 96, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

725 bottles owned by 242 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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