Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden 2006

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FREE SHIPPING on Full Case orders (Limit one case) Declared an unprecedented Wine Spectator Top Ten TWO YEARS in a row, scoring 95 points, this is one incredible wine. The wine is robust and rich with a balance that exemplifies the hallmarks of the finest Barossa vineyards. Firm and juicy, with tannins that are plushy and mouth filling.

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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

Member Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden

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Snooth User: Vinfolio
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0.00 5
02/13/2008

Blockbuster wine. Inky and opaque ruby/purple stain. Cocked and loaded aromatics of blackberry, black plum, earthy spice and licorice root. The palate is complicated, layered and chock-full of black fruit highlighted with bing and red cherry, red currant and baker's chocolate and hints of clove. This is bursting with flavor and concentration, but has a beautiful acidity that saves it from being plodding. Needs a good 1-2 years age before it really comes into its own and will continue for at least a decade.


Snooth User: Serg  Lyashenko
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4.50 5
01/09/2013

Прекрасное вино, с ярко выражеными ягодными нотками


Snooth User: valkat09
21647414
3.50 5
08/08/2009

Delicious but not worth more than $20.


Snooth User: Wroxton
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5.00 5
06/24/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Rich and complex, this is layered with green olive, mint, mineral and licorice around a plump core of black cherry and dark plum flavors, which linger on the intense, beautifully focused finish. Best from 2008 through 2017.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Two Hands partners Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree have excelled with their Garden Series, six regional Shiraz bottlings made with purchased grapes. Bella's Garden, from Barossa, is often the best of them. Shiraz for the 2005 Bella's came from nine sites, picked relatively early to preserve freshness and acidity. To better highlight the terroir, the wine receives only 20 percent new French oak, significantly less than most top-tier Barossa Shiraz bottlings.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The purple-colored 2006 Shiraz Bellarsquo;s Garden from Barossa Valley offers a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pepper, damp earth, blueberry, and licorice. This leads to a full-bodied, layered Shiraz with excellent grip and power. Give it 2ndash;3 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2011 to 2022.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Managing partner Michael Twelftree and winemaker Matt Wenk have found a winning formula with their Garden Series, an umbrella of six different Shiraz wines, each sourced from vineyards located in subappellations of South Australia. The Barossa bottling, Bella's Garden, has reached the Top 100 a total of six times since its first release (the 2001 vintage). Wenk used 18 percent new French oak hogshead, minimal fining and no filtration to produce this fresh-tasting, complex wine. 2,400 cases made.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Firm in texture, this is balanced with a vibrant core of red cherry, raspberry and spice flavors that persist on the chewy finish, expanding to show hints of dark chocolate and sweet spices. Best from 2010 through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Nicely balanced, with subtle suede, cinnamon, plum and berry aromas and flavors. This is supple just to the point of being a bit creamy in the mouth, with a long, velvety finish. Approachable now, but should improve through at least 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The two hands behind the winery are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, two Adelaide businessmen who began buying grapes from multiple vineyards in 2000 and have enjoyed success ever since. Bella's Garden is a blend of four different Barossa vineyards in 2003. For this vintage, winemaker Matt Wenke used less new oak overall and a higher proportion of French barrels.


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FREE SHIPPING on Full Case orders (Limit one case) Declared an unprecedented Wine Spectator Top Ten TWO YEARS in a row, scoring 95 points, this is one incredible wine. The wine is robust and rich with a balance that exemplifies the hallmarks of the finest Barossa vineyards. Firm and juicy, with tannins that are plushy and mouth filling.

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