2005 Two Hands - Shiraz Bella's Garden 750ml

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

WS 95   IWC 94   WA 93   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

(#5 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007) Two Hands partners Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree have excelled with their Garden Series, six regional Shiraz bottlings made with purchased grapes. Bella's Garden, from Barossa, is often the best of them. Shiraz for the 2005 Bella's came from nine sites, picked relatively early to preserve freshness and acidity. To better highlight the terroir, the wine receives only 20 percent new French oak, significantly less than most top-tier Barossa Shiraz bottlings.

Rich and complex, this is layered with green olive, mint, mineral and licorice around a plump core of black cherry and dark plum flavors, which linger on the intense and beautifully focused finish. 3,383 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2017
Author: Harvey Steiman


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($60) Opaque inky ruby. Powerful blue and black fruit aromas are complicated by pungent floral tones and cracked pepper. Resinous dark berry and plum flavors possess admirable depth and sweetness, with youthfully firm tannins adding support. Gains brightness with air, taking on raspberry and exotic orange zest qualities. Finishes with a lively berry skin flavor and outstanding persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 133

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2005 Shiraz "Bella's Garden" was sourced from Barossa Valley. Opaque purple in color, it offers a reticent perfume of pencil lead, blueberry, and blackberry. Supple, ripe, and with all components in harmony, this medium-bodied Shiraz has uplifting acidity, excellent depth, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for 3-5 years and drink well through 2020.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Maia C
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 12/21/2008
Purple in color. Low rim variation. Medium legs. Cherry. Medium/Full bodied. Bright texture. Medium finish.

Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/06/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2017

Rating: 94
Author: Chip
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/17/2009
I opened this with friends on 11/17/09. It had a fabulous bouquet of bacon fat, smoked meat, blueberry, black cherry, blackberry jam, licorice, olive, pepper and lead pencil aromas. The palate was extremely rich, smooth and balanced with blackberry, blueberry, plum, licorice, pepper and spice flavors. It was very delicious and truly awesome. I wish I'd bought more.

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Rating: 93
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/26/2012

Rating: 92
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 06/11/2013

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2144 bottles owned by 690 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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