2008 Two Hands/Anteros Barossa Valley, Australien
COLOUR: A deep dark cherry
AROMA: A soft mesmerizing aromatic lift of saw dust, dried herbs, cloves, sandalwood, cured meats, blood plum, tomato plant and scented lemon candle. This is aromatically one of the most complex and compelling wines to wear the Two Hands logo.
PALATE: The palate is concentrated and very dense with a viscosity, chewy and defined. Straight away you are hit by sway of layered fruit and fire around, very well mannered and polished, tannin slowly emerges. The lifted acidic profile keeps everything pumping along the palate and a perfect finish which integrates the acid, fruit, tannin and alcohol after the long finish.
WINEMAKING: Crushed, destemmed and fermented in 5, 7 and 10 tonne open top fermenters with regular pump overs; up to 3 times daily during peak fermentation to extract colour and tannin. Following 7-21 days of “on skins” maceration the free run was drained to tank with the skins then pressed. Both the free run and pressings are blended to tank and then racked to oak after 24 hours. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Minimal fining and non-filtered.
Robert Parker 94: The purple-colored 2008 Anteros is 100% Mataro from the Ebenezer vineyard of noted grape grower Adrian Hoffman. It was aged in seasoned American oak for 9 months. It offers up a unique panoply of prunes, dates, fruitcake, underbrush, and other exotic scents. Satin-textured, ripe, balanced, and lengthy, this is a splendid effort for drinking over the next 10 years.