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Two Hands – Shiraz

For a relatively young winery Two Hands Barossa based winery has gone from strength to strength with consistently good wine reviews placing it as a premium brand. The objective at Two Hands is to produce the best possible shiraz based wines from prized shiraz producing regions of Australia. Wine maker Matt Wenk captures the terroir of each vineyard with careful selection and attention to detail. Showcasing the diversity of australian shiraz, the six wines in the Garden Series Range reflect the varietal distinctiveness, of the six renowned shiraz growing regions the fruit is sourced from.

My personal pick was the 2007 Lily`s Garden from McLaren Vale. Bella`s Garden Barossa Valley is also a stand out wine. Apart from the Garden Series Two Hands produce The Picture Series which includes an Italian style moscato made from White Frontignac grapes which is low in alcohol, slightly spritzy with lovely sweet lush fruit flavours and a sure winner on a hot summer afternoon.

The Single Vineyard Series is a Barossa range of wines and then of course their Flagship wines. Presentation is unique and distinctive and you will see more from this company.

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Rose Wine

Rosé – Pretty in Pink

Warm weather on the way and a perfect refreshing drink for spring & summer is a Rosé. The fan base is ever expanding and there are more wineries making Rosé from more red varieties than ever before. In Australia grapes such as Shiraz & Grenache seem to be firm favourites for their more complex flavours.  A Rosato from Italy is more likely to be made from Sangiovese,  Rosado from Spain Tempranillo. We are seeing those varieties being used here in Australia  amongst others. Red fruit and luscious berry flavours in a lighter style, served chilled and drunk while still young and vibrant are now a popular choice. The move away from the sweet styles of old has also added to their appeal.

Ripe, red grapes are pressed,  the juice is left in contact with the skins for a short while so  the wines acquire colour but not all the tannins generally associated with skins. Depending on the timing the colour can range from a subtle blush to  more vibrant hues. Made in sweet, off dry and bone dry styles, marketers need to look at defining the style on the label as consumers continue to  discover these summer alternatives to red wine varietals

Rosés versatility also makes it a perfect food wine and its lighter body and delicate flavours make it a great wine for a picnic – from salads to burgers, chips to chicken they can be a perfect accompaniment. Fresh and aromatic they can be matched with pizza and pasta or served with appetizers. Can be a match with Thai food, and can be equally at home at the backyard barbecue . The  majority of Rosé wines offer good value for money so “think pink” and try a few over the coming warmer months.

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Stoller SV Estate Pinot Noir 2007

Stoller SV Estate Pinot Noir 2007

Stoller SV Estate Pinot Noir 2007

Price

Suggested Retail is $40.00

From The Winery

13.9% Alcohol. Dundee Hills AVA.

Impressions

Stoller Vineyards’ SV Estate Pinor Noir is selected from the “senior vines” amongst the 180 acres of Stoller’s vineyards planted in Oregon’s Dundee Hills AVA. The aroma profile of the 2007 vintage is super enticing, with savory roasted chestnuts, black truffle, rhubarb, cranberry, and light sandalwood. Medium in color, there’s a great deal of transparency with this Pinot. In the mouth, the fruit is refreshing and bright, while savory components and a moderate oak influence add further dimensions to the palate. The body is just a shade below medium and the tannins are very light. This is one well-rounded Pinot, and in my opinion well worth the $40.00 price tag.

Rating

Highly Recommended (90-94), 3.5/5 Value 

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Grateful Red Pinot Noir

Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2010

Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2010

Price

Suggested Retail is $15.00

From The Winery

13.2% alcohol. Willamette Valley AVA.

Impressions

My quest to find high-quality, budget Pinot Noirs is starting to feel like a unicorn hunt. Redhawk Winery & Vineyard’s 2010 Grateful Red Pinot Noir is no unicorn. It presents with a color slightly deeper than a Rose. Tart and bitter red fruits dominate, complimented by earth and rose petals. There’s a strong oak presence–in my opinion too strong for this fragile wine. In the mouth, this Pinot is ultra-dry, with a stemmy bitterness that would not fade off. The aromas are decent, and it’s crisp, but the flavors are not pleasing. While I’m a huge proponent of Oregon Pinots, I’m not sure that I’d recommend this wine unless it’s on sale (significantly).

Rating

Not Too Shabby (81), 2.5/5 Value

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