Two Hands Bellas Garden Barossa Shiraz 2011

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"Soft and expressive, layering plum, currant and clove hints into a beautifully textured package, all pointing toward the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2018...91" WS 3/14

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Two Hands Wines Pty Ltd:
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 shiraz producing regions within Australia. Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was f... Read more
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 shiraz producing regions within Australia. Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was formerly CEO of one of Australia's leading cooperages in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. With Twelftree’s contacts and wine savvy approach and Mintz’s management skills and business acumen, the two old friends decided to make some wine together. In 2000 they started with just 17 tonnes 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 M. Parker pronouncing Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator". The heart of the operation is based in the Barossa Valley; the cellar door and winery are located in the sub district of Marananga. Opened in December 2003, the cellar door is already regarded as one of the highlights of the region with its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels of fruit. Since the winery opened, Two Hands sucess has gone from strength to strength with numerous accolades defining the culture of the organisation. Two Hands Wines were listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for the last five years with two listings in the top 10, most recently the 2005 Bella's Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz at #5 and The Ares voted one of the 25 Benchmark Wines of Australia. Consistent 90+ reviews from Robert Parker Jnr's Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, James Halliday's Wine Companion, Wine Spectator and the UK Decanter magazine is further testament to the company's ability to capture the terroir of each vineyard and carefully nurture the characteristics of each parcel. Two Hands continues to extend its distribution around the world, branching out from the Australian domestic and United States of America markets to now include the export markets of the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the European Union. Two Hands Wines are eagerly awaited, the markets and consumers demonstrating a thirst for top end Australian wine, in particular shiraz from South Australian wine regions. Read less
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External Reviews for Two Hands Bellas Garden Barossa Shiraz

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
03/13/2013

Aromas of cherries plus chocolate, cedar, spice and scorched earth. On the palate dense plums explode onto the palate with spice, subtle chocolate and tar. The fine tannin backbone rolls on and on from the mid palate, surrounded by fresh juiciness, dark fruit and subtle oak.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/08/2013

In November 2011, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 for the 9th consecutive year, an achievement that has never been equaled by any other winery the world over.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Amazing pedigree. A Wine Spectator Top 100 selection eight of the last nine years including Top 10 four times. Full bodied, ripe, layered Shiraz sourced from top vineyards in Barossa and vinted with the skill and artistry that has made this winery legendary. The 2010 was 95 points and number 3 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list and the Wine Advocate gave it the same lofty 95 point score. This 2011 is another bold, lush, densely packed wine with all of the expression and intensity this wine is known for. It's also very limited so don't wait grab some to enjoy now and to cellar for future enjoyment. Florida Weekly just selected it as an ideal Thanksgiving wine. The International Wine Cellar scored it 91 points saying "Dark ruby. Spicy cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by an exotic Indian spice quality. Chewy, round and nicely concentrated, with sweet, focused black and blue fruit compote flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Appealingly sweet on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves allspice, blueberry and bitter chocolate notes behind. Shows the best traits of this difficult Barossa vintage and might surprise with its ability to age.". The Wine Front scored it 92+ and Wine Life Magazine scored it 93 saying "Bright ruby color with perfumed notes of red cherry, raspberries and cedar with just a subtle hint of spice behind it. If you think it’s going to be a fruit bomb from the alluring aromas, think again! The fruit is elegantly balanced and framed by the ripe tannins and 17 months in French oak. This vintage feels a little dustier than normal, but even in a difficult, cool and wet vintage, the Bella’s Garden shines."



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"Soft and expressive, layering plum, currant and clove hints into a beautifully textured package, all pointing toward the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2018...91" WS 3/14

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