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2012 Bella’s Garden Shiraz Earns 95 from Wine Spectator

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Few if any wines the world over – let alone wines under $100 – have received the consistent critical acclaim of Bella’s Garden, the Two Hands Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Four times in the past eight vintages it has been selected as a top ten wine by the Wine Spectator, and now the 2012 appears to be taking its place among the very best Bella’s. This just in from Harvey Steiman, courtesy the June 15 Spectator Advance:

95  Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2012
Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won’t quit. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made.—H.S.

Bella’s has been described by Michael Twelftree as “a blend of our finest Shiraz barrels from across the Barossa Valley region,” and as “a sumptuous wine, defined by its aromatic complexity and finesse.”

Here are details on the winemaking for this epic 2012 Bella’s: “Destemmed, crushed and fermented in open top fermenters ranging in size from three to 10 ton capacity. Regular pump-overs occurred three times daily during the peak of fermentation to extract color, flavor and tannin. Average time ‘on skins’ was 14 days before the dry free-run was drained to tank and the pressings combined. After 24 hours the wine was then racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and unfiltered prior to bottling.”

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