Two Hands Direct Shiraz Bella S Garden Barossa Vly 2005
Dense purple red almost black. A powerful nose of ripe plums and succulent blackberries laced with a hint of cedar spice. Wow! Bella's as always shows amazing depth and power whilst maintaining an elegant fruit purity. Matured in all French oak, the majority being seasoned barrels, allowing the fruit to do the talking with only the merest hint of cedar oak to support the ripe plum and mulberry flavours. Finely woven tannins produce a long linear wine forming a race track like structure along the palate. Great length and persistency of flavour.
(2007) Still young needs time to open up when opening bottle. Very smooth with slight earthy tones. Excellent berry combinations of cherry and blackberry. Will stay with you for a while and improves slightly upon finishing. Will only get better with a few more years
Inky, dark red-black. Clear and brilliant. Big, intense nose of dark fruits and berries. A bit of oak, vanilla and toasty spice. Sweet blueberries and a hint of anise. A very slight whiff of dill that blew off after a few minutes. Loads of dark fruit accompanied by some spice and cedar notes. Medium to medium long finish with black licorice on the back end. Nice medium tannins, acidity and weight. Overall a very good wine but not as outstanding as I had hoped for.
delicious, dark, Shiraz. A classic fruit bomb, but with complexity on the midpalate and a silky finish. An outstanding wine. No wonder it was the #5 wine of the year from WineSpectator.
A friend found a bottle of this collecting dust at a local liquor store NYE, 2006 -- It might just have been the luckiest day of my life! Complex and bold, smooth and silky -- it has it all!
Four and a half glasses