Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2000 Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale)

Some browning on the edges give away its age. Nose is all infused blueberry and cherries. Palate shows a fully resolved and pure-plush Shiraz with cherry-cola, the new recipe. Lots to really like here: pure and large boned but this weightlifter knows its needs to behave. Tannins are in full bloom and acidity runs a tad high, but does not really distract from the joy this brings tonight. Deep black hole of blackberries, black raspberries and black plum, with a light note of of blueberry compote. There is also worn leather and just a hint of spiciness,....just a hint. The key to this wine, and it's obvious is the ability of the wine-maker to bring this wine to the precipice of something else, something that would possibly not appeal as much. They have evoked the full soul from these grapes. There is no mistaking this for anything but what it is. It will not make you think California. You know where you are with this and also embrace it for what it isn't as much as what it is: It's Shiraz, here it roar. Kudos goes out to Mike and Rich on this, the inaugural vintage of their Two Hands Shiraz. 92pts