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Chicago Tribune: Garden Series Shows What ‘Smaller Australia’ Has to Offer

Australian wine regions illustrated mapWe’ve called the Garden Series the beating heart of Two Hands Wines – six places, six wines, showing Australian Shiraz in all its varied glory – and that’s the story told in an excellent Chicago Tribune article today by Bill St. John.

In his piece, headlined “Smaller Australia: Sense of place delivers less style, more substance in Aussie wine,” St. John bemoans how Australia fell into a trap of producing “genial, fruity, glug-able” wines without regional distinction. He then points to the Garden Series as the perfect antidote to this sad trend, writing:

My own best lessons about Australian appellations have come by way of the wines of Two Hands, especially its Garden Series, six shiraz-based wines (each $60-$70 a bottle) from six distinct growing districts scattered throughout the southern portion of the continent. Each is idiosyncratic; each speaks in its vineyard’s voice.

Even more helpful is to hear that same voice in other wineries’ wines from the same area. Here’s a quick tour of the six areas through their wines – a bit like hitting Florence, Rome and Venice in a week, but a fruitful trip nonetheless.

St. John goes on to give a brief sketch of each region and the Two Hands Garden Series wine made there, traveling from the Barossa, where Bella’s Garden brings “gobs of fruit upfront, followed by silky texture riding on fine tannin,” to far-off Heathcote, where the “old dirt may indeed donate a certain minerally, crushed-rock afternote” to Max’s Garden.

Read the entire article on the Tribune website here!

Illustration by Rick Tuma/Chicago Tribune

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