Two Hands Wines 'Bella's Garden' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
By Wine Spectator
TWO HANDS Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella's Garden 2012
Top 100: 2014, Rank: 16
Issue: Jun 15, 2014
Designation: Highly Recommended
Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. Delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won't quit. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made. -HS
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from Australia, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
eRobertParker.com # 212 (May 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2024
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Bella's Garden Shiraz has a nose of blackberry preserves and warm cassis with hints of menthol, dark chocolate, cardamom and cedar. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the abundant fruit is well matched by firm, rounded tannins and refreshing acid before finishing with great length. Drink it now to 2024+. Imported by Terlato Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; www.twohandswines.com
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Two Hands Wines 2012 Shiraz Bella's Garden Barossa
Barossa Valley, Barossa Valley
Red wine from Australia
Brilliant violet color. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of blue fruit preserves, licorice, incense and mocha are lifted by a sexy Indian spice quality. Stains the palate with sweet dark fruit and cocoa flavors that gain energy and lift with aeration. Rich and expansive but lively as well. Closes velvety and very long, with lingering smokiness and smooth, harmonious tannins. Josh Raynolds, July 2014
By Wine & Spirits
90 Two Hands 2012 Barossa Valley Bella's Garden Shiraz (10/14)
Dimpled fruit scents show this wine’s hyperripe character, though it maintains a sense of refinement for all its earthy, Barossan grip. Air softens some of the hard edges, allowing black plum and cedar scents to round out the finish. Terlato Wines Int'l., Lake Bluff, IL
By Two Hands Wines
'Bella's Garden' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Maturation: 17 months in French oak hogsheads: 20% new, 9% in one year old and the balance in two to five year old oak.
Cellar Potential: 10 to 15 years
De-stemmed, crushed and fermented in open top fermenters ranging in size from three to 10 tonne capacity. Regular pump overs occurred three times daily during the peak of fermentation to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Average time ‘on skins’ was 14 days before the dry free run was drained to tank and the pressings combined. After 24 hours the wine was then racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and unfiltered prior to bottling.
Colour: Deep dark red. Black core, bright red meniscus.
Aroma: Bursts out of the glass almost in a brooding, elegant manner. Juicy red and black fruits with notes of five spice, earth, black pepper and sandalwood.
Palate: Fresh juicy fruits erupt and roll across the palate as only a great Barossa Shiraz can. Lovely tactile nature with grippy fine grained tannins. Palate rolls on and on with subtle chocolate and spice notes. A brilliant vintage of Barossa Shiraz yet feels moody and tightly coiled. Watch it fan out after a couple of years in bottle. This will be a classic.
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