Last week, I was on the road and tried very much to be satisfied with the wine offered in the hotel. I was out for five days in Philadelphia, and I could take it for only so long. I had enjoyed a good bottle with a dear friend at dinner one night, yet found myself longing for a richer and deeper expression of the grape. I found the wine store and set my sights on Shiraz. I do so knowing that an Aussie wine will be a big, lush and very approachable. I shy away from young cabernets, since they do need some time to unfold.
“Two Hands” is one of my favorite wineries from “down under,” as they have consistently delivered complex wines across their portfolio. I first became acquainted with the winery by tasting Lilly’s Garden Shiraz and was knocked out by the depth of flavor and smoothness of the wine. Luckily, I found a more modest priced wine at the store and was happily on my way. I purchased a bottle of Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz, 2012. It was all I had hoped for in the bottle. The price was under $30 and ready to go. I understand that the 2013 vintage is a winner as well, yet will still need another year in the bottle to be its best. Another Shiraz from Two Hands that is in that price range as well is the Clare Valley Fields of Joy, 2013. 2013 is stacking up to be a good year for many Australian wineries.
By the way – “angels’ share” is the term used to describe that wonderful aroma when walking into a cave where the wine is stored and resting in barrels.
If you are looking for value, also consider another Australian winery called Mollydooker. Their 2013s should also provide excellent drinking pleasure in this price range. The cabernet titled “The Maitre D’,” the blend called “Two Left Feet,” and their Shiraz, “The Boxer,” should all be ready to drink. All these wines can be found for less than $30, and they’re worth every penny in my opinion.