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Two Hands Love Money 500m 2005

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Tasting Notes A powerful and seductive dessert wine. Bright golden colour with intense aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruits. The palate is luscious and concentrated with hints of honey and spice and a complex array of dried tropical fruit flavours. The finish is clean, fresh and persistent. The perfect accompaniment to a slice of the infamous Roquefort cheese. Winemaking Made from cane cut Semillon grapes. Following the hand pruning of 50% of the canes at the point the fruit achieves ripeness the fruit is left to hang for further 4 to 8 weeks. The fruit was then hand picked on four separate occasions, between the end of March through to May, the sugar level varying between 22 and 29 baume. Fermented in new French oak hogsheads where it spent a further 4 months maturing. VINTAGE COMMENTS After steady winter and early spring rains, the vineyard soils in the Barossa Valley were full of moisture. Combined with the generally mild weather through the early months of the growing season, the vines had a good start and subsequently good canopies developed and flowering and set were very successful. The showers through the first half of November and the beginning of December maintained good levels of soil moisture and the health of the vines, but thankfully did not pose any disease threats. The high level of soil moisture did lead to one concern, which was the fact that the berries sized up a lot earlier than normal due to extensive cell division pre veraison. By the end of January the average berry size, seen across the Valley, was similar to that seen at full maturity; thankfully the berries did not increase in size much more until harvest. The Barossa only received about 15 mm of rain from the beginning of February to the beginning of June, creating a wonderful Indian summer and ripening season, with very low disease threat. The final berry size could be described as slightly larger than average. At the time of harvest in Barossa, the fruit had intense colour and flavour, indicating that the slightly larger than average sized berries had not caused any dilution. This was probably due to the fact that the berries sized up early and the fruit had the bulk of the season to balance out. The only noticeable net result of the slightly increased berry size was that yields were slightly higher than first anticipated.

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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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Tasting Notes A powerful and seductive dessert wine. Bright golden colour with intense aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruits. The palate is luscious and concentrated with hints of honey and spice and a complex array of dried tropical fruit flavours. The finish is clean, fresh and persistent. The perfect accompaniment to a slice of the infamous Roquefort cheese. Winemaking Made from cane cut Semillon grapes. Following the hand pruning of 50% of the canes at the point the fruit achieves ripeness the fruit is left to hang for further 4 to 8 weeks. The fruit was then hand picked on four separate occasions, between the end of March through to May, the sugar level varying between 22 and 29 baume. Fermented in new French oak hogsheads where it spent a further 4 months maturing. VINTAGE COMMENTS After steady winter and early spring rains, the vineyard soils in the Barossa Valley were full of moisture. Combined with the generally mild weather through the early months of the growing season, the vines had a good start and subsequently good canopies developed and flowering and set were very successful. The showers through the first half of November and the beginning of December maintained good levels of soil moisture and the health of the vines, but thankfully did not pose any disease threats. The high level of soil moisture did lead to one concern, which was the fact that the berries sized up a lot earlier than normal due to extensive cell division pre veraison. By the end of January the average berry size, seen across the Valley, was similar to that seen at full maturity; thankfully the berries did not increase in size much more until harvest. The Barossa only received about 15 mm of rain from the beginning of February to the beginning of June, creating a wonderful Indian summer and ripening season, with very low disease threat. The final berry size could be described as slightly larger than average. At the time of harvest in Barossa, the fruit had intense colour and flavour, indicating that the slightly larger than average sized berries had not caused any dilution. This was probably due to the fact that the berries sized up early and the fruit had the bulk of the season to balance out. The only noticeable net result of the slightly increased berry size was that yields were slightly higher than first anticipated.

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