Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Masterpiece Aussie Shiraz: Two Hands ‘Angels’ Share’ by Philip S. Kampe

Even though Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999 by Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree, their wines have come of age. Their goal has always been to produce the best wines possible from Shiraz, with no compromise. It seems that winemaker Matt Wenk has struck gold with the recent release of the 2018 Angels’ Share,
McLaren Vale, in sunny Australia, is well known for red, dynamic, powerful wines. Shiraz wines from this region are made the classic style focusing on concentration of grapes that show their intensity on your palate.
Having sampled the new release, knowing its still a baby, I found the solid foundation this wine exudes. Its deep color of dark red with purple on the perimeter open up to a bouquet of lavender, creole pepper, blackcurrent , sweet tobacco, dark baked fruits and cranberry jelly. On the palate, with its medium body, flavors of Michigan blueberries, raspberries, vanilla and strawberries evolve before freshly cut hay enters.
This young wine is full of chewy tannins that persist an eternity. High acidity helps make this wine a big and bold Shiraz worth buying and holding onto.
The wine retails in the $30 range.

Philip S. Kampe

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