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Two Hands Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2008

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Color: Black with magenta hues. Aroma: Complex array of characters including rich plums, liqueur chocolate, tar, graphite, cooked meats and spice. Very intense in its youth, full of life and supported with underlying cedary char and other notes appearing as the wine gains air. Palate: The rich characters of plum, chocolate, licorice and meaty spice coat the palate, but the fine acidity and tannins give the wine restraint and elegance throughout. The finish is even, long and rewarding, packed with rolling flavours of berries, chocolate and spicy char. Amazing poise and drinkability now, but good cellaring will benefit this wine for many years to come.

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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 Mclaren Vale

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,712
3.50 5
11/20/2010

I tend to refer to wines like this as a party in a bottle. This wine showed big, rich aromas cherry, clove, cinnamon, chocolate and caramel, yet still came across as fresh. On the palate, I found black cherry jam, plum sauce, cinnamon and dark chocolate, but with a perceptible amount of heat. The finish showed red candied fruit and lingered for well over a minute.


Snooth User: Nathan P
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3.00 5
08/17/2010

Inky purple color, opaque. Smells of clearly of alcohol, but not unpleasant. Has some burn in the taste, briefly sour, but rounds out nicely revealing different flavors. Astringent finish. Bottle had a good deal of sediment in the bottom.


Snooth User: gardenchic
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0.00 5
10/18/2011

A DEEP RUBY. sandalwood,anise and cardamom.


Snooth User: rjyoung3
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4.00 5
11/15/2009

OMG. Bold aromatic wine with a complex, fruity nose. Dark cherry and black pepper taste with a hint of spice. Long finish. This wine will make a routine appearance @ our dinner table.


Snooth User: Maman325
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5.00 5
03/04/2011

May be my favorite wine of all time. Worth every penny -but good luck finding it anymore. Am hoping the 2009 vintage is just as good!


Snooth User: spaceboyjack
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4.00 5
01/10/2010

Incredible fruit flavors, a non-overpowering Shiraz that paired nicely with a simple pasta & red sauce. As I was unfamiliar with the vintner, I wasn't prepared for the unfiltered bits at the end of the bottle... so be forewarned.


External Reviews for Two Hands Shiraz Mclaren Vale

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 Points - Wine SpectatorOn the tart side, with bright berry and pomegranate flavors that zing across fine tannins and linger on the lively finish, hinting at tea at the end. Drink now through 2017


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
11/16/2010

91 Points - Wine Spectator"On the tart side, with bright berry and pomegranate flavors that zing across fine tannins and linger on the lively finish, hinting at tea at the end. Drink now through 2017. 11,500 cases made."91 Points - International Wine Cellar"Glass-staining ruby. Crushed blackberry, blueberry, spicecake and licorice on the slightly medicinal nose. Dense, juicy and sweet, with impressively fresh black raspberry and cherry-cola flavor. Finishes very long, with silky tannins and impressive mineral snap."winemaker's notes:This has a very intense bouquet of mineral, roasted chestnuts, fresh crushed currants, burnt toffee, spices, dark chocolate and lavender; this is brooding and will take a few more months to develop further.The palate is very full on and juicy, starting with a huge amount of layered and penetrating black fruits. The mid palate is quite extended and leads nicely to a moderately long and supple finish. This is all very dark fruits, with an almost Christmas cake/chocolate tart-like texture, which is really fun ride. The tannins are initially sweet then bone dry finishing nicely on slow, drawing tannin. This is a drink now wine that will age well in the medium to short term and will give great pleasure for up to 5 years.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
12/23/2010

87 Points - Wine Advocate"The opaque purple-colored 2008 Shiraz Angels Share has a slightly porty, liqueur-like nose leading to a dense, layered, ripe, but monochromatic mid-palate. Some might find it over-the-top. Drink it over the next 6 years." -Jay Miller, December 2009. Winemaker's Notes:An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits such as cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper.Two Hands Angel Share 2008 Shiraz is one of our Top 5 selling wines on the internet and in store. We have recently opened this wine again since our last tasting 5 months ago and boy did this wine evolve wonderfully!


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
12/23/2010

#2 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 201094 Points - Wine Spectator"Dark and dense, but emerges with vivid color and bright flavors of raspberry, black cherry and a hint of peach, beautifully tinged with cocoa, licorice and mineral notes as the finish sails on impressively. Drink now through 2018. "92 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar"Deep, bright ruby. Seductive aromas of dark berries, violet, incense and dusty cocoa powder. Concentrated and tactile, with superb depth and noteworthy definition and cut to the flavors of cherry compote, dark berry liqueur and candied violet. Wonderfully broad on the long, expansive finish. The tannins are smooth and harmonious, fading quickly into the fruit. Great fruit and florality here." -Josh Raynolds, July/August 2010


External Review
11/18/2010

Two Hands just received the honor of having their 2008 Bella's Garden Shiraz named #2 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. This 2008 Angel's Share is their value wine and it's going fast. "Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they’ve been in operation, it appears that they’re living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia’s powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia’s best growing regions and as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the tony McLaren Vale. Aged 12 months in American oak, this is a ripe, densely flavored wine with coffee, black currants, licorice, gingersnap and pepper notes, but so deftly balanced that the mouthfeel is smooth and supple right through the long and persistent finish. The previous vintage scored 92 points from the Wine Spectator. Grab this now, availability is very limited!


External Review
02/26/2010

Deep purple with a black hue. The bouquet shows concentrated aromas of plums, scorched earth, licorice, mint, and chocolate whilst exhibiting trademark McLaren Vale characters of coffee and mocha. Concentrated flavors of cola, plum and black currant along a vibrant and linear backbone. The mid palate shows terrific focus, the finish balanced by impeccable tannin and acid structure.



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Color: Black with magenta hues. Aroma: Complex array of characters including rich plums, liqueur chocolate, tar, graphite, cooked meats and spice. Very intense in its youth, full of life and supported with underlying cedary char and other notes appearing as the wine gains air. Palate: The rich characters of plum, chocolate, licorice and meaty spice coat the palate, but the fine acidity and tannins give the wine restraint and elegance throughout. The finish is even, long and rewarding, packed with rolling flavours of berries, chocolate and spicy char. Amazing poise and drinkability now, but good cellaring will benefit this wine for many years to come.

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