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Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella's Garden 2001

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Tasting Notes Deep purple in colour with a black heart. The bouquet is rich and powerful with defined aromas of currants, cola, liquorice and plum backed by subtle tar and earth. The palate is thick and mouth coating, displaying luscious flavours of chocolate, liquorice, black fruits and balanced natural sweetness. The highlight of this wine is the dense mid-palate that rolls into a powerful and flavoursome finish controlled by trademark Barossa tannins. Winemaking The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily to extract colour and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak maturation. Vintage Comments 2001 Barossa Vintage Report courtesy of The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Source: Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation website. The good news from 2001 was that the Barossa flagship reds - Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache - appeared exceptional. Most winemakers were calling the vintage equal to the premium 1998 vintage while others expressed that it could have been the best Shiraz vintage in 30 years. Winemaker reports indicated that most vines withstood the warm vintage weather of February and March surprisingly well, although the pressure to harvest quickly had extended winery capacity to the maximum. The advent of cool, wet weather in the last week of March had enabled Baumés to stabilise and slowed the otherwise rapid pace of the 2001 vintage activity. Vintage finished for most Barossa Valley wineries by the middle of April 2001 but some Eden Valley wineries were still crushing at the end of the month. In the lead-up to vintage, above average rainfall received in 2000 helped replenish sub-soil moisture levels. This was followed by extended warm weather, which prevented disease and assisted ripening. Vintage start ranged from early February (about two weeks early) in the Barossa Valley to early-April in the High Eden. Yields were up by about 20% on 2000 (but 2000 yields well below average - 44,000 tonnes compared to 60,000 normally). An increase in tonnage was also attributable to some new plantings coming on stream. There were no major disease problems reported.

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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

External Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella's Garden

External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

85 points out of 100 by James Halliday


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

90-93 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.



Tasting Notes Deep purple in colour with a black heart. The bouquet is rich and powerful with defined aromas of currants, cola, liquorice and plum backed by subtle tar and earth. The palate is thick and mouth coating, displaying luscious flavours of chocolate, liquorice, black fruits and balanced natural sweetness. The highlight of this wine is the dense mid-palate that rolls into a powerful and flavoursome finish controlled by trademark Barossa tannins. Winemaking The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily to extract colour and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak maturation. Vintage Comments 2001 Barossa Vintage Report courtesy of The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Source: Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation website. The good news from 2001 was that the Barossa flagship reds - Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache - appeared exceptional. Most winemakers were calling the vintage equal to the premium 1998 vintage while others expressed that it could have been the best Shiraz vintage in 30 years. Winemaker reports indicated that most vines withstood the warm vintage weather of February and March surprisingly well, although the pressure to harvest quickly had extended winery capacity to the maximum. The advent of cool, wet weather in the last week of March had enabled Baumés to stabilise and slowed the otherwise rapid pace of the 2001 vintage activity. Vintage finished for most Barossa Valley wineries by the middle of April 2001 but some Eden Valley wineries were still crushing at the end of the month. In the lead-up to vintage, above average rainfall received in 2000 helped replenish sub-soil moisture levels. This was followed by extended warm weather, which prevented disease and assisted ripening. Vintage start ranged from early February (about two weeks early) in the Barossa Valley to early-April in the High Eden. Yields were up by about 20% on 2000 (but 2000 yields well below average - 44,000 tonnes compared to 60,000 normally). An increase in tonnage was also attributable to some new plantings coming on stream. There were no major disease problems reported.

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