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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Two Hands Lily's Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007

The Two Hands Garden Series, a series of regional wines each named after the child of one of the Two Hands - here Michael Twelftree's daughter Lily is honoured in the form of McLaren Vale Shiraz. For me, this represents a dip into the cellar, for something that I knew would appeal to the Mrs.

The veil of oak still hangs heavy here, yet soon the sweeter perfume slowly reveals itself: red and black fruits primarily (raspberry, black and red currants if you wish me to be specific). Smells a little spirited - a calling card from the hot year and high octane fruit with the wine weighing in at a stated 15.7%.

Spice laden on entry, it's a wine that's full bodied, unctuous, a 'big' wine if you'll permit reference to that descriptor no longer as common as it once was. Oak and spice swamp the fruit somewhat, a little chocolate and red fruit round out the palate.

Tannin is drying, long and grainy. There's a lick of anise on the finish, which is long and indicative of quality. Perhaps a little too overt in style for where my tastes presently lie. Still, there's another 5 where this came from. Hard to judge, but will have appeal for many for sure. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 8th October, a Leaf Day 
Source: Cellar
Price: $60
Alcohol: 15.7%
Closure: Cork

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