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Two Hands Sophie's Garden Shiraz

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Two Hands have established themselves as Shiraz specialists, taking plots of fruits from various South Australian regions and there putting their own unique spin on them in the winery. This wine is made up of Shiraz fruit from Padthaway and illustrates the cooler climate complexities like pepper and mint. Lots of red fruit on the nose, with a seductive, spicy edge that is reflected on the layered palate, with smooth tannins and an undercurrent of mint.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep dark red with a black core.

Nose: Notes of blackberry pastille, violets, fresh mint and dark chocolate, with shades of graphite and spice.

Palate: Dark, mysterious and full bodied, the 2013 vintage of Sophie’s Garden has hints of blackberry, plum and floral tones of violets, which cascade across the palate, complimented by hints of fresh mint and dark chocolate. Full and round through the front palate, dense chewy tannins emerge mid-palate and roll through the finish providing a foil for the fruit density. A lovely burst of acidity cleanses the palate whilst notes of graphite and coal dust weave through the late palate providing further layers of complexity.

Cellaring: 10 - 15 years.

Alcohol: 14.8%

Winemaking: Crushed into and fermented in five tonne open top fermenters with regular pump overs; three daily during peak fermentation to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Following 14 days of maceration, the dry free run was drained to tank and the skins pressed to the same tank. 24 hours later the wine was then racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and unfiltered.

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Two Hands Sophie's Garden Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Quite dark fruited, with a distinctly earthy character; the fruit is concentrated, but there is a question over the freshness; very dry and tarry on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The lightest of the premium range in terms of colour and body, but does have appealing spicy elements; is not unduly sweet, and has good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very dense, deep colour; much the most dense and rich wine in the group, achieved at least in part through higher alcohol; US, here we come.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Dense colour; ripe plum, prune, blackberry and leather; the alcohol fractionally hollows the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy, cedary, earthy aromas and flavours; a lingering, tangy, almost lemony, finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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