Two Hands Wines is one of the most prominent wine producers in Australia.
While they may be best known for their Shiraz, since their start in 1999, the winery has branched out and now produces a full line of wines, utilizing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mataro, Riesling, and Barbera, to name a few.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure to sample a number of their products. Most notably, quite a few of the Shirazes from their “Garden Series”. They have always been amongst my favorite Shirazes.
I hadn’t seen any of their wines for some time, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a bottle of Two Hands Angels’ Share. I was hoping for a repeat of my past experiences.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
This was a PNP at a local BYOB restaurant.
The 2010 Angels Share is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale in South Australia. The wine was aged for 14 months in a combination of new and old American oak. The bottle listed ABV was 14.6%.
Notes on the nose were red and black fruit.
Tasting the wine, I was hit with berry after berry. Blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry (just about any berry you could think of). The initial mouth feel was pleasant and explosive (provided you like berries!). There was also a background of spice mixing in and it was a touch hot from the alcohol.
The finish was medium, cut short by a bit of acidity and heat. A few years in the cellar might temper both of these.
My issue with the wine was it failed to develop. While the first glass was enjoyable, the second was less so, and so on. Eventually, I passed on another glass completely (a rare occasion for me!). There are times when a bottle of wine just gets better and better as you drink it. Not only did Angels’ Share fail to improve, it got boring after a while, almost backslipping.
Overall, it was a bit of a disappointment. At a cost of $24 for the 2010 Two Hands Angels’ Share, it was a worthwhile experiment. I would re-visit this wine in a few years.