A dark cherry red, almost black, with an enchanting berry bouquet of blackberries, cherries and blueberries with ripe jammy notes. Lovely, sophisticated oak barrel nuances of vanilla and cedar. Concentrated, long entry with an abundance of fruit sugars. A delicious, incredibly smooth and balanced wine that is also attractive with a pleasant, fruity freshness and fine, well-integrated tannins in the finish.
The crushed grapes are fermented in open vats and are circulated three times a day in order to extract the colour and tannins. Next, the wine is matured in barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place (degradation of acids = transformation of tart malic acid into mild lactic acid). The wine then ripens in old and new American oak barrels for ten months. The vineyard is situated in McLaren Vale, around 40 km south of Adelaide, and borders Gulf St Vincent to the west, Sellicks Hill Range to the south and the Adelaide Hills to the east. The Two Hands are those of Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who together founded the business in 1999. They had one simple aim: to produce Australia’s best Shiraz wine.