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Two Hands Deer in Headlights Shiraz 2004

he Team agrees with writer Josh Reynolds. This 2004 Shiraz is still inky. It gives brooding, concentrated aromas of tarry blackberry, blueberry, graphite, pungent flowers and saddle leather. It is Sweetish but also quite nuanced, with a wild mix of bright red and musky dark fruit flavours joined by underbrush and mineral tones. Still fresh on the back, which features subtle, suave tannins and a lifting note of acidity. Not as round as 2004, it is more structured(acidity, tannins, alcohol balance).

The intriguingly named 'Deer in Headlights' Shiraz', Team surmises, flows from its idiomatic expression. So 'Deers in Headlights' talks about a state when one is being frightened or surprised that one cannot move or think. So you can say, 'each time they asked him a question he was like a deer caught in the headlights.' So in the tasting, whenever you tasted some unique wines, you look at each other(your friends, your loved ones) and 'stunned like Deer in Headlights'. One Dr Ronald Sanders, in his explanation of Hebrews1: 13-14, shares his transcending experience about sparing his life in a car accident in 1998(In his book, For the Reflecting of The Saints) and his face to face contact with a 'deer in headlights', who, he thinks, is God's minister help him out! So with excellent wines like Deer in Headlights 2005, wondrous things happen.

The 'two hands' are Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree 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. 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 based in the Barossa Valley; the cellar door and winery located in the sub-district of Marananga. Aged quality Australians are not easy to get now. JR92, a 5-star winery James Halliday.

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