Founded in 1999, Two Hands Wines has become one of the most recognized wine producers in Australia. While they initially began producing only Shiraz, the winery has since branched out into a full line of red and white wines, using a number of varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Grenache, to name a few.
The 2010 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz was 100% Shiraz. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (15% new, 25% one- and two-year old, 60% three- and four-year old) for 20 months. The wine carried a listed ABV of 15.5%.
Over the years, I had tasted a number of the Two Hands “Garden Series” with great success. On the basis of my past experience, I tried their 2010 Angels Share earlier this year. That outing was less than spectacular.
Coming across a bottle of Bella’s Garden in a local wine store, I decided to see if I could redeem my faith in the brand.
This was a PNP.
Once in the glass, the aromas were quite noticeable. Berries were ever present, ripe black and red berries, and lots of them. It was rather enticing. There was a touch of jam in the background, and vanilla as well.
A sip of this full-bodied wine found red and black fruit prominent. Plum and black currant were notable. Prior to the arrival of food, alcohol was noticeable on the palate. A few years in the cellar will likely round this out, but for now, it stood out. This wine needs food.
The finish was medium, bringing with it vanilla, and a touch of heat.
I accompanied this wine with some spicy Thai food. The two went together quite well. The fruit from the wine played off the spice of the food perfectly. The meal tempered the heat from the wine as well. I would recommend this wine with a spicy or barbecue dish, provided the sauce is not overly sweetened.
The 2010 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz retails around $50. It is a great representation of Shiraz, although this vintage needs a bit more time. I would recommend trying it with a meal today, or a year or two from now on its own.