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Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Australia 2004

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Tasting Notes We have spent much time over the past four years attempting to understand the Barossa and her different ‘terroirs’. Bella’s is a tribute to that pursuit. Deep black core with an intense purple rim. The nose shows great intensity of blackberries and plum with a cedar dark chocolate edge. A seamless full bodied palate showing a complex kaleidoscope of black fruits that are not intrusive but mingle harmoniously with the subtleties of the oak. This wine possesses elegance and fruit purity; the tannins are evident but well balanced producing a ‘silk pillow’ mouth feel that is long and persistent. Winemaking The 2004 Bella's is a result of blending varying proportions of wine from 16 different vineyards owned by 4 different growers in the Barossa. The fruit was processed into and fermented in open top fermenters, with differing levels of whole berry and crushed fruit. Ferments received regular pump overs twice daily and a third during the peak of fermentation to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Once sugar dryness was attained the free run wine was drained off and the skins pressed with all the pressing wine being blended with the free run. Ferments in 2004 averaged 10 days on skins as ferments were strong and consistent. After 24-36 hours of tank settling, the wines were racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation occurred. The wines were racked twice more before bing bottled in August 2005 with the final wine exhibiting deep colour, richness and balanced long fine tannins. Vintage Comments Many, but not all, of the vineyards in the valley had heavy fruit set resulting in higher than average yields without sufficient canopy to support the higher crop. Thankfully only a handful of the vineyards that Two Hands takes fruit from required some level of crop thinning, while the balance of the vineyards had average yields with good canopy balance. The mild January indicated a great vintage was on the way by promoting optimal levels of colour and flavour development. The severe heat during the middle of February played some havoc mainly with red vineyards that hadn’t been picked, sugars rose and acids dropped. Those with patience were rewarded with an Indian summer resulting in Shiraz with great colour and spicy elegant flavours and some text book Cabernet sauvignon. Our reds were picked over a 4 week period from the middle of March to mid April.

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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

Member Reviews for Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Australia

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Snooth User: ddhansen
283274
5.00 5
06/19/2007

Wonderful Shiraz. Is not overly spicy or peppery as some. Great finish, wish there were more 2004's available in Omaha.


Snooth User: Fox
3531326
4.00 5
11/20/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Australia

External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

95 points out of 100 by James Halliday


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

95 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/20/2010

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden 750ml


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

94 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.



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Tasting Notes We have spent much time over the past four years attempting to understand the Barossa and her different ‘terroirs’. Bella’s is a tribute to that pursuit. Deep black core with an intense purple rim. The nose shows great intensity of blackberries and plum with a cedar dark chocolate edge. A seamless full bodied palate showing a complex kaleidoscope of black fruits that are not intrusive but mingle harmoniously with the subtleties of the oak. This wine possesses elegance and fruit purity; the tannins are evident but well balanced producing a ‘silk pillow’ mouth feel that is long and persistent. Winemaking The 2004 Bella's is a result of blending varying proportions of wine from 16 different vineyards owned by 4 different growers in the Barossa. The fruit was processed into and fermented in open top fermenters, with differing levels of whole berry and crushed fruit. Ferments received regular pump overs twice daily and a third during the peak of fermentation to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Once sugar dryness was attained the free run wine was drained off and the skins pressed with all the pressing wine being blended with the free run. Ferments in 2004 averaged 10 days on skins as ferments were strong and consistent. After 24-36 hours of tank settling, the wines were racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation occurred. The wines were racked twice more before bing bottled in August 2005 with the final wine exhibiting deep colour, richness and balanced long fine tannins. Vintage Comments Many, but not all, of the vineyards in the valley had heavy fruit set resulting in higher than average yields without sufficient canopy to support the higher crop. Thankfully only a handful of the vineyards that Two Hands takes fruit from required some level of crop thinning, while the balance of the vineyards had average yields with good canopy balance. The mild January indicated a great vintage was on the way by promoting optimal levels of colour and flavour development. The severe heat during the middle of February played some havoc mainly with red vineyards that hadn’t been picked, sugars rose and acids dropped. Those with patience were rewarded with an Indian summer resulting in Shiraz with great colour and spicy elegant flavours and some text book Cabernet sauvignon. Our reds were picked over a 4 week period from the middle of March to mid April.

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