Behind the Label: Angels’ Share
The Picture Series is a unique set of wines in the Two Hands portfolio. Their regional and varietal distinctiveness regularly win them praise – and their packaging is often irreverent, sometimes artistic and always interesting. Today, we kick off a series of occasional posts on the inspiration and intention behind the labels in the Picture Series.
Introduced in 2003, the Angels’ Share Shiraz is one of the longest-serving members of the Two Hands portfolio, and is well known for delivering a consistent, powerful and certainly classic-style McLaren Vale Shiraz. With unprecedented QPR, Angels’ Share has, over the years, gained much respect from media and consumers alike, winning a spot on Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 Wines in both 2003 and 2007.
As all names from the Picture Series are, Angels’ Share was chosen by Proprietor & Managing Director Michael Twelftree. Traditionally, Angels’ Share refers to the small amount of wine that naturally evaporates from oak barrels throughout the maturation process. Many years ago, it was the belief of medieval winemakers that angels watched over their wines and that this evaporation was simply the angels taking their share. More formally, this evaporation of wine in barrel is known as “ullage,” a French-derived term that can also refer to the head space left behind by the evaporative process, requiring topping off of the barrel during extended maturation.
Two Hands Angels’ Share itself is selected from exceptional parcels of fruit sourced from one of Australia’s premier regions, McLaren Vale. Made in true Australian style, Angels’ Share Shiraz is a wine that appeals to both angels and mortals alike!