Two Hands Shiraz Lily's Garden, 2004
Colours show depth and maturities. Returning to the expression of terroir, there is is no fruit boom here by now but earthy nose hinting ripe blackberry, dark cherry, fig and plum. Secondary tones of coffee and vanilla, liquorice/mint reflect on the palate, which adds to the caramel and espresso finish. Not quite hitting the highs of Barossa's most elegant McLaren fruit, but drinking fine, with a full spectrum of taste. Full body although not overpowering and is well balanced with crisp acidity, soft tannins and a plush texture.
Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (167), October 2006
Even better than the Harry & Edward’s Garden is the 2004 Shiraz Lily’s Garden from McLaren Vale. With this cuvee, about 25% new American oak is added to the regime of French wood. Full-bodied with stunning, dusty, loamy soil characteristics interwoven with blackberry, cassis, cherry, and plum-like fruit, this rich, pure, intense Shiraz should be consumed over the next 10-12+ years.
Score: 94 Wine Spectator (Jan 4, 06), April 2006
Lithe, almost elegant, with impressive depth of flavor and fine texture. The flavors center on blackberry, cherry, dried tomato, exotic spices and mineral notes as the finish sails on and on against refined tannins. Best from 2007 through 2016.
Score: 94 James Halliday, Weekend Australian, September 2005
Two Hands Wines has desevedly received numerous accolades since it was established in 20000, chiefly for its super-premium range of shirazes from six of the best shiraz regions: Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Padthaway, Langhorne Creek and Heathcote. The 2004 Lily's Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz (94 points) is densely coloured, with luscious blackberry and dark chocolate fruit, the tannin backbone providing a firm structure to carry all the fruit and the generous alcohol. The quality cork should hold the wine for a minimum of 10 years.