Two Hands `Sophie's Garden` Shiraz 2009 (6 x 750mL), Padthaway, SA.

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Sourced from an exceptional vineyard that results in a focused, fruit packed style, laced with pepper and spice. Amazingly, the cooler climate bouquet moves to richer black fruits on the palate.

Crushed into and fermented in 5 tonne open top fermenters with regular pump overs, 3 times daily during peak fermentation to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Following 14 days of maceration, the dry free run was drained to tank and the skins pressed to the same tank. 24 hours later the wine was then racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and unfiltered.

SA - Other South Australian
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Opaque purple. Intensely perfumed bouquet of black and blue fruits, violet, mocha and Indian spices. Potent but fresh and focused, offering powerful dark berry and spice flavors and gaining sweetness with air. Nicely plays richness off brightness and finishes with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. This could be enjoyed now but has the balance to age.

93 points - Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, July 2011

Very perfumed and complex, with a minty, eucalyptus, river moss, and rosemary streak driving the aromatics, the 2009 Two Hands Shiraz Sophie's Garden - aged 18 months is older French oak - is deep and layer on the palate, showing loads of polished fruit, plenty of depth, and a long finish. Very distinctiveness, with a balanced, lush profile, and beautiful depth and richness on the mid-palate, this top notch Shiraz should easily drink well for a decade. Rating 92 pts - The Rhone Report, June 2011

Rich and distinctive, delivering a vibrant mix of raspberry, red cherry, blackberry and caramel flavors, hinting at white pepper as the finish lingers with pizzazz. This has depth and freshness. Drink now through 2019. - H.S.

Focused. juicy and vibrant, with raspberry, blackberry and pomegranate flavors, weaving in hints of violet, slate and loamy earth as the finish takes off smartly. Offers depth and intensity, without much weight. Best from 2012 through 2020. - H.S. Rating 92 - Wine Spectator April 2011

Winery Tasting Notes


Beautiful red and crimson


Again questioning its identity, this wine has beautiful cool climate herbal threads, moss and lifted spice and pepper, which suddenly change into warm climate dark fruits and earthy ash notes. The aromas are both seductive and inviting.


The palate is tight, yet fresh with great acid and red/black fruits. The fine tannins are entwined in the juicy fruits that all roll on and on with the oak cleverly serving as a supporting act.

SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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The 'two hands' are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible shiraz based wines from prized shiraz producing regions within Australia.

Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was formerly CEO of one of Australia's leading cooperages in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. With Twelftree’s contacts and wine savvy approach and Mintz’s management skills and business acumen, the two old friends decided to make some wine together.

In 2000 they started with just 17 tonnes of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad with a healthy stream of reviews, culminating in 2004 with Robert M. Parker pronouncing Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator".

The heart of the operation is based in the Barossa Valley; the cellar door and winery are located in the sub district of Marananga. Opened in December 2003, the cellar door is already regarded as one of the highlights of the region with its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels of fruit.

Since the winery opened, Two Hands sucess has gone from strength to strength with numerous accolades defining the culture of the organisation. Two Hands Wines were listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for the last five years with two listings in the top 10, most recently the 2005 Bella's Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz at #5 and The Ares voted one of the 25 Benchmark Wines of Australia. Consistent 90+ reviews from Robert Parker Jnr's Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, James Halliday's Wine Companion, Wine Spectator and the UK Decanter magazine is further testament to the company's ability to capture the terroir of each vineyard and carefully nurture the characteristics of each parcel.

Two Hands continues to extend its distribution around the world, branching out from the Australian domestic and United States of America markets to now include the export markets of the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the European Union. Two Hands Wines are eagerly awaited, the markets and consumers demonstrating a thirst for top end Australian wine, in particular shiraz from South Australian wine regions.

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