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Two Hands Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Brave Faces 2005

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BRAVE FACES BAROSSA VALLEY 65% SHIRAZ 35% GRENACHE VINTAGE 2005 COLOUR Deep plum colour with purple hue. AROMA Hints of cedary oak backed by juicy morello cherry and blackberry fruit. PALATE Soft and approachable silky tannins mingle with sweet spice and juicy red fruits. This is a great food wine perfect with pork belly and porcini mushroom risotto, the dry savory finish the perfect foil for this type of food. WINEMAKING The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily to extract flavour, colour and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak maturation. MATURATION 10 months in predominantly old French oak, 25% of which was new, the balance 1, 2 and 3 year old French with some American oak. ANALYSIS Alc 15%, pH 3.33, Acidity 7.44 CELLAR POTENTIAL 5 to 6 years REGION Barossa Valley South Australia At the time of harvest in the Barossa the fruit had intense colour and flavour. The long Indian summer was perfect for ripening, delivering Shiraz ranging from elegant and perfumed to dense and rich with extremely perfumed and attractive Grenache.

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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: Eric Guido
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4.00 5
07/04/2009

Intense and refined Shiraz with aromas of rich blackberry jam, plums and powdered sugar rounded out with clove and vanilla. Full bodied on the palate with Black cherries, mint and cinnamon. Long... long finish of sour cherry. This is a serious shiraz.

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External Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Brave Faces

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Source: WineGlobe.com
02/06/2009

Deep plum colour with purple hue. AROMA Hints of cedary oak backed by juicy morello cherry and blackberry fruit. PALATE Soft and approachable silky tannins mingle with sweet spice and juicy red fruits. This is a great food wine perfect with pork


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Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz/Grenache Barossa Valley



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BRAVE FACES BAROSSA VALLEY 65% SHIRAZ 35% GRENACHE VINTAGE 2005 COLOUR Deep plum colour with purple hue. AROMA Hints of cedary oak backed by juicy morello cherry and blackberry fruit. PALATE Soft and approachable silky tannins mingle with sweet spice and juicy red fruits. This is a great food wine perfect with pork belly and porcini mushroom risotto, the dry savory finish the perfect foil for this type of food. WINEMAKING The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily to extract flavour, colour and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak maturation. MATURATION 10 months in predominantly old French oak, 25% of which was new, the balance 1, 2 and 3 year old French with some American oak. ANALYSIS Alc 15%, pH 3.33, Acidity 7.44 CELLAR POTENTIAL 5 to 6 years REGION Barossa Valley South Australia At the time of harvest in the Barossa the fruit had intense colour and flavour. The long Indian summer was perfect for ripening, delivering Shiraz ranging from elegant and perfumed to dense and rich with extremely perfumed and attractive Grenache.

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