Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wine Tasting: Two Hands The Bull and The Bear Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa, Australia, 2004



Initial review, by way of background: This is Two Hands The Bull and The Bear Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa, Australia, 2004, finished at 15.% alcohol.  The blend is 60% shiraz and 40% cab.

In the glass: Deep magenta, brick at the edge and opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Aussie red blend shows a rich and dark nose, with licorice, helium and oak along with eucalyptus and muddled red and black berries.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a fresh, red-berry driven and husky middle, surrounded by soft acids.  The finish is bright with alcohol lifting the red berries skyward.  I'd certainly try this again.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in a partially filled bottle:  Nose is consistent, though slightly muted.   The palate is softer, still husky, even nicer balanced between the lightly sweet fruit and sandy tannins.  Plus for this added pleasantness.  Could be nice with even more age too.

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