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Two Hands Tasting-Aug 17

Event: Special drop-in tasting for Two Hands wines from Down Under. Six wines, all new vintages (4 Shiraz, 1 Grenache and Muscagtor), were featured. If you like Shiraz (the Aussies pronounce it “sheer-azz”) this was the place to find out how good Australia has become in producing Shiraz.

Several tasters said the Angel’s Share Shiraz was the best followed by Lilly’s Garden Shiraz. The variety of the four Shiraz shows how different this varietal can be based on terrior and the wine

Their website describes the winemaker as “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 addition to these interestingly named wines some of their other wines are: Sexy Beast McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, Bad Impersonator Barossa Shiraz (featuring someone wearing a fake nose, moustache and glasses like Groucho Marx), Deer in Headlights Barossa Shiraz and A Day Late, A Buck Short Muscat
to name a few.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Tuesday, August 7, 5:00 to 6:30 PM

Here is the Quick List of the wines to be presented (click on a wine to see more):

  1. Angel’s Share Shiraz 2008
  2. Bella’s Garden Barossa Shiraz 2008
  3. Gnarly Dudes Barossa Shiraz 2008
  4. Lilly’s Garden McClaren Vale Shiraz 2008
  5. Yesterday’s Hero Barossa Grenache 2008
  6. Brilliant Disguise Moscato 2009

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Angel’s Share Shiraz 2008
What: COLOR
Deep black with a slightly purple rim
AROMA
An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits such as cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper.
PALATE
The palate starts out quite thick and very smooth. A layered density emerges across the palate leaving a fresh mouth feel. Whilst the tannins are quite firm, they are balanced with a good amount of fleshy fruit weight. This wine finishes with excellent precision and persistence.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
4 – 6 years
–From their Website
From: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $36.99
Year: 2008

Bella’s Garden Barossa Shiraz 2008
What: COLOR
Deep and impenetrable, red to black.
AROMA
Lifted aromas of deep red fruits, plums, cinnamon, licorice and earthy spice. Underneath subtle notes of chocolate, tar and moss complete the bouquet.
PALATE
The wine is robust and rich with a balance that exemplifies the hallmarks of the finest Barossa vineyards. Red fruits and plums dominate a tight palate with earthy char and chocolate that then finishes long with fine tannins and bright acidity. Will drink well now and will improve with medium term cellaring.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
12 years
–From their Website
From: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $69.99
Year: 2008

Gnarly Dudes Barossa Shiraz 2008
What: COLOR
Black on black in color.
AROMA
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.
PALATE
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.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
Carefully cellared, this wine should last
3-5 years
–From their Website
From: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $36.99
Year: 2008

Lilly’s Garden McClaren Vale Shiraz 2008
What: COLOR
Black with magenta hues.
AROMA
A high impact bouquet of blue to black fruits such as, blueberry, blackberry and Satsuma plum. The aromas are complex and laden with vanilla, charcuterie, mocha and subtle spices.
PALATE
Concentrated and intense with a lingering texture across the mid and late palate. A firm structure with tight but fine dry tannins married with densely intertwined fruit and juicy mid-palate fruit weight.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
8 to 10 years
–From their Website
From: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $69.99
Year: 2008

Yesterday’s Hero Barossa Grenache 2008
What: COLOR
A deeper color than usual for this wine, it is deep red with a rose red hue.
AROMA
This has an interesting bouquet of rose oil, cigar smoke, lavender, sandalwood, fresh meats, charcoal and potpourri.
PALATE
The palate starts out very flavorsome and bursts forth with some initially sweet and medium powered fruit. Lovely dry mouth filling tannins then take over the show and leave you with a nice dry mouth-feel that is clean and persistent. The wine craves good food or a sunny afternoon; the 2008 Yesterday’s Hero is a lot of fun to drink and shows another wine style that Australia can produce and be proud of.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
Fun filled drink now, but could be enjoyed for the next 5-7 years
–From their Website
From: Barossa Valley, Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $46.99
Year: 2008

Brilliant Disguise Moscato 2009
What: COLOR
Light straw in color.
AROMA
This has a very lively bouquet of lemon zest, pineapple, lychee, guava, persimmons, tropical fruit juice and fresh sherbet.
PALATE
The palate is sweet and thick and then gains energy as the bubbles and acidity give life to the thick layer of fruit along the palate. The finish is very clean and there is a lovely density and purity which is rarely found in top flight Moscato.
CELLAR POTENTIAL
2009 marked the first year for this wine under screwcap. Under this closure the wine will be best drunk in the next 24-36 months.
–From their Website
From: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winery: Two Hands
Cost: $19.99
Year: 2009

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