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Sunshine In A Bottle

“I don’t think anyone in the New World should try to create Old World wine,” Mintz says. Fruit is what wine is. We can’t do elegant fruit because we have the sun beating down. So we let the fruit shine and make everything else underpin it.” Flagship Wines are the top tier representing the finest selection of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache made at Two Hands. The Single Vineyard Wines make up the second tier, offering regional and varietal definition. The fruit of the Coach House Block Shiraz 2006 ($120) is estate grown, single vineyard, near the Greenock in the sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Black in color, the wine offers aromas of toasty nuts, mineral, earth, and espresso. The wine is supple with a balanced acidity and mouth-filling fruit.

The Garden series is Two Hands super premium range of Shiraz, coming from six of the finest Shiraz growing regions in Australia. Among them is Bella’s Garden 2007 ($52), blend of our finest Shiraz barrels from across the Barossa Valley region. The wine is deep red, black and purple in color with notes of red currant, cherry, chocolate, and hints of spice, rosemary and earth.

The Picture series is a premium collection of varietal wines with regional and varietal distinctiveness. Unlike the Garden Series, which is named for family members, the Picture Series is packaged under unique and irreverent names and personalities. Bad Impersonator 2007 ($65) is a medium bodied Shiraz that exhibits spicy aromas of licorice and dark plum leading to notes of clove, ginger and black tea. Gnarly Dudes 2006 ($38) is made with fruit sourced from mature vineyards in the sub regions of Marananga, Greenock and Light Pass. The wine is deep purple to black in color with notes of charcoal, dark chocolate and aniseed.

Two Hands wines are sealed with a cork, with the exception of the Picture Series. “Nobody knows what screw caps will do for reds in the development of secondary fruit characteristics. Small amounts of oxygen enter around corks. So screw caps may suffocate wine,” Mintz says. Thus Two Hands only uses screw caps on wines they suggest cellaring less than five years. As for synthetic corks, Mintz hates them. “They jam in the neck, look dreadful and are not natural.”

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