Robb Report: 2012 Bella’s Garden ‘Best of the Best’
The leading luxury-products magazine Robb Report is out with its “Best of the Best 2015,” and the 2012 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz is on the short list of top International Red Wines. From the magazine’s website:
Two Hands, one of Australia’s shining stars of viticulture, takes its name from cofounder Michael Twelftree’s exacting philosophy of growing and making wine. At the facility in the spectacular Barossa Valley, which was completed in 2004, every aspect of production involves the human touch—from cultivating the vineyards to harvesting, sorting, and vinifying the grapes. Each block of fruit is picked, crushed, fermented, and aged individually before ultimately being blended into one of the winery’s numerous bottlings. The Two Hands 2012 Shiraz Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley ($66, twohandswines.com), part of the label’s Garden Series of handcrafted Shiraz, displays the winemaker’s painstaking efforts in its round profile of boysenberry fruit and delicate strata of coffee, honeysuckle, and Indian-spice essences.
Along with this accolade, the 2012 Bella’s has received numerous honors and rave reviews. It received a 95 point score from the Wine Spectator and was named to the magazine’s Top 100 list, at No. 16. That was the ninth time in 12 years that Bella’s had made the list. The wine also received a 93 point score from the respected International Wine Cellar, which said the wine was “Rich and expansive but lively as well,” and that it “closes velvety and very long, with lingering smokiness and smooth, harmonious tannins.”