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Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Ares 2003

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About Two Hands: The Two Hands are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, who founded the company before the 2000 Vintage, with a clear objective of making the best possible Shiraz based wines from the best Shiraz producing regions with in Australia. In 2000 they processed just 17 ton of Shiraz from McLaren Vale and Padthaway. In 2001 they increased production to 120 ton from Padthaway, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley and in 2002 they proceed 150 ton of fruit from Clare Valley, Padthaway, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley which included a few lots of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2003 they plan to add a Shiraz based wine from Heathcote, Victoria. Richard and Michael are focused on making the best wines possible with out taking any short cuts and bring the wines to the market place at consistent and fair price points. The wines have been described by Jancis Robinson as "exceptional…densely charming, gently oaked style". Fragrant, textured, supple and juicily ripe the wines are of fantastic quality. With the pick of the best barrels, exceptional fruit and gentle, stylish wine-making this is a tremendously exciting range of wines. Labelling is original, classy and compelling. Ares is one of three Flagships, representing the very finest selection of Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Two Hands. Dense purple black to the core. Layers of black fruit with a waft of cedary oak. Layers of complexity on the palate framed by well handled oak and a fine integrated tannin structure.

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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: lankaman
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5.00 5
06/18/2007

Truly fabulous. got it as a gift. Great aroma of berries. Everything from color,clarity and texture is fantastic. This is an excdeptional wine that is sure to please all.


Snooth User: cvigeland
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5.00 5
01/14/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Ares

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Dark dense and peppery with a bay leaf edge to the brooding black cherry and licorice flavors. Firm tannins don t cover the cherry flavor as it persists on the finish... Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Dark, dense and peppery, with a bay leaf edge to the brooding black cherry and licorice flavors. Firm tannins don't cover the cherry flavor as it persists on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2003 Two Hands Shiraz Ares 750ml



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About Two Hands: The Two Hands are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, who founded the company before the 2000 Vintage, with a clear objective of making the best possible Shiraz based wines from the best Shiraz producing regions with in Australia. In 2000 they processed just 17 ton of Shiraz from McLaren Vale and Padthaway. In 2001 they increased production to 120 ton from Padthaway, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley and in 2002 they proceed 150 ton of fruit from Clare Valley, Padthaway, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley which included a few lots of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2003 they plan to add a Shiraz based wine from Heathcote, Victoria. Richard and Michael are focused on making the best wines possible with out taking any short cuts and bring the wines to the market place at consistent and fair price points. The wines have been described by Jancis Robinson as "exceptional…densely charming, gently oaked style". Fragrant, textured, supple and juicily ripe the wines are of fantastic quality. With the pick of the best barrels, exceptional fruit and gentle, stylish wine-making this is a tremendously exciting range of wines. Labelling is original, classy and compelling. Ares is one of three Flagships, representing the very finest selection of Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Two Hands. Dense purple black to the core. Layers of black fruit with a waft of cedary oak. Layers of complexity on the palate framed by well handled oak and a fine integrated tannin structure.

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