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Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Australia 2004
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.
External Reviews for Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Australia
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