Two Hands Wines Sophie's Garden 2010
Black-core, magenta-rimmed color. Aromas of lively, red fruits and refreshing menthol balanced by generous cloves and other spice notes. On the palate, there are more dark fruits, chocolate, and spice, but still the subtle menthol adds freshness and length finishing with fine tannins.
100% Shiraz. Two Hands Wines was founded in early 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. They are focused on showcasing the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional characteristics and allowing the fruit to be the wines' primary feature. Two Hands refers to the very personable approach taken with each parcel of grapes. Their unique approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines to innovative packaging and the wines themselves. The Garden Series is a super premium range of Shiraz from six of the finest Shiraz-producing regions in Australia. On each of their labels, the handiwork of Two Hands are handled in a handwritten poem (pardon the tongue-twisting, hands-on pun): "the sun shines the vineyard grows, the grapes ripen, the hands cut the bunches, the hands crush her skin, the hands craft her juices So now two hands can open the wine and she can shine in all her glory." Sophie's Garden is named after Richard Mintz's wife, Sophie, and reflects the unique terroir of Padthaway, resulting in a focused, fruit-packed wine, laced with pepper and spice. Amazingly, the cooler-climate bouquet moves to richer black fruits on the palate.