International Wine Report 96
"The 2010 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz is mind-blowing to say the least. So dense, rich and savory with notes of black fruit, au jus, pepper, spice, loam and hints of chocolate. This has a full body with polished tannins and pumps out tons of concentrated dark fruits. The structure and balance are impeccable, keeping this monster in control and harmonious straight through the ultra-long chewy finish. Wow, this is some seriously good juice!"
Wine Spectator 95
WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 3
"Two Hands does well with a variety of grapes but excels with Shiraz. Owner Michael Twelftree and winemaker Matt Wenk aim for a house style that emphasizes regional character with their Garden series, a collection of six different Shirazes from top growing regions in South Australia and Victoria. The Bella’s Garden bottling consistently ranks among the best, with fruit sourced from 20 vineyards throughout the Barossa Valley. Wenk uses mainly older, 300-liter French hogshead barrels to preserve the complex fruit flavors."
Rhone Report 95
"A brilliant example of Barossa Valley Shiraz, the stunning 2010 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden (aged 20 months in 15% new French oak Hogsheads) is the largest scaled of the Garden Series and boasts decadent, rich aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice, bay leaf, and underbrush. Despite the overall richness here, this stays remarkably complex and elegant, showing a full-bodied, textured mouth feel, loads of integrated acidity, and a blockbuster, structured finish where the class really shows. There’s nothing blowsy or overdone here, and this thrilling Shiraz is approachable now due to the fruit, yet should have upwards of 15+ years or prime drinking."~JD
International Wine Cellar 93
"Glass-staining purple. Intense aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense and violets. Lush, palate-coating blueberry and cassis flavors show both power and verve, with peppery spices adding bite. Finishes sweet, floral and very long, with impressive precision."
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The original aim was, and still is, to make the best possible Shiraz-based wines from prized growing regions throughout Australia. With so much Australian wine being sold around the globe under multi-region labels in a formulaic style, the intention was to break the mould and showcase the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional and vineyard characteristics by allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines.
Two Hands' first vintage was in 2000, after a modest $30k investment and starting with just 17 tonnes of fruit. The journey had started.
Michael's wine contacts in the US and UK helped launch the brand and favourable critical reaction put Two Hands in the spotlight soon after. The early success helped Two Hands gradually increase production and venture out to launch the full Garden Series with the 2003 vintage, something truly unique in Australia. Gnarly Dudes joined its stablemate Angels' Share in the Picture Series, and the portfolio was starting to take shape. Later that year, Michael was driving down a dusty track in the Western Ranges of the Barossa Valley and first saw the run down uninhabited cottage next to the Marananga Creek that was to become the home of Two Hands – Kraehe House. Michael's vision was to reflect the Barossa heritage with the sandstone frontage and verandah, but create something modern and luxurious on the inside: the Cellar Door and Bakehouse opened in December 2003 just in time for Christmas and turned local hospitality on its head – anyone could walk in and taste Flagship Shiraz Ares, no matter where they were from or if they had money to spend.