2005 Two Hands - Shiraz Lily's Garden 750ml

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

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


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2005 Shiraz "Lily's Garden" from McLaren Vale has a splendid nose of cedar, scorched earth, violets, spice box, saddle leather, and blueberry pie. Rich and super-concentrated, it has layers of ripe flavors, a soft blanket of tannins, and terrific complexity. This surprisingly elegant Shiraz will evolve for 8-10 years and drink well through 2025.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Ripe and generous, with a remarkably open texture for a wine so rich in flavor. The beautifully delineated blackberry, black cherry and anise flavors sail on through the long, long finish. 2,700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Author: Harvey Steiman


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($60) Dark purple. Fresh red and dark berry aromas are accented by sexy floral and mineral nuances. This suave, silky midweight features luscious raspberry and blueberry flavors brightened by zesty minerality and firmed by youthful tannins. A subtle vanilla note come up on the finish, which features powerful red and blue fruit flavors, a velvety texture and excellent persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 133

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Patsy
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/15/2009
fruity - too much alcohol . . . seems impossible to consider having with a meal

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1078 bottles owned by 417 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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