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Two Hands Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley the Bull and the Bear 2003

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Dark violet color. Spicy aromas of licorice, dark cherry and plum candy, with a pretty floral topnote. At once powerful and restrained, thanks to fresh, tangy acids; flavor dominated by dark fruits, especially blackcurrant. There's nothing fat about this bright, linear wine, which finishes with fine, dusty tannins. The balance of fruit, acids and tannins is impressive.

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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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Snooth User: Nick C
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06/06/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Two Hands Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley the Bull and the Bear

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dark violet color. Spicy aromas of licorice, dark cherry and plum candy, with a pretty floral topnote. At once powerful and restrained, thanks to fresh, tangy acids; flavor dominated by dark fruits, especially blackcurrant. There's nothing fat about this bright, linear wine, which finishes with fine, dusty tannins. The balance of fruit, acids and tannins is impressive.


External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/07/2010

The Bull & The Bear Barossa Valley Shiraz / Cabernet 2003 - Two Hands Wines: Dieser rote Australier präsentiert sich im Glas tief dunkel schokoladenfarben. Er hat ein kräftiges Bukett mit Noten von Tabak, Anis, Cassis und Holzkohle. Am Gaumen schmeckt er zunächst sehr dicht und fleischig, dann nach Noten von Likör, Himbeere, Brombeere und schwarzer Johanisbeere. Wundervoll ausbalancierte weiche Tannine, die an Saft erinnern, geben einen konzentrierten Abgang. Er ist schon jetzt sehr gut drinkbar, wird sich die nächsten Jahre aber noch weiter entwickeln.Weingut: Two Hands WinesRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 55% Shiraz, 45% Cabernet SauvignonInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,75 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 7 g/lRestsüße: trockenLagerfähigkeit: 7 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangFassreife: in Barriques gereift (16 Monate)Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2004 The Bull and the Bear possesses a dense ruby/purple color, tremendous flavor intensity, and abundant creme de cassis notes intermixed with notions of cedar, licorice, blackberries, and currants. The fabulous aromatics are followed by a wine with wonderful purity, richness, and a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood. Drink this beauty over the next 7-8 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Lively, aromatic style has juicy cherry and pomegranate flavors at the core, persisting nicely on the finish, with licorice and toast notes. Best, though, is its transparency. A deeply dark Shiraz-based red, with a real sense of clarity. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Aged in both French and American oak (only 20% new), the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Shiraz (66%)/Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) The Bull and Bear reveals vanilla, spice box, black currant, and tobacco leaf characteristics along with medium to full body, a beautiful texture, and a pretty, elegant, French-like personality. This brilliant operation is a credit to the meticulous winemaking of Michael Twelftree and his staff.




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