Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Michael Twelftree’s process-driven style of winemaking has successfully demonstrated regionality within Australian Shiraz for many years with the Garden Series. Carefully selected fruit from mainly Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flat in McLaren Vale, minimal fining and filtration and the use of French and American oak has produced a wine of richness and density that can be cellared for over a decade.
Unflinchingly in the biggest is best camp; deeply coloured, with luscious, mouthfilling black fruits and dark chocolate; demands that you share the bottle with three others and order a thick rump steak. Not my style, but well-made.
94 Points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
My favorite of the Garden Series is the 2007 Shiraz Lily’s Garden from McLaren Vale. Purple-colored, it has an enticing perfume of balsam wood, lavender, incense, pepper, bacon, and blueberry. With excellent grip and balance, this smooth-textured, savory Shiraz will improve over the next 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.
91 points, Jay S Miller, Wine Advocate (December 2009)
Saturated ruby. Intensely floral, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, mulberry, violet and rose, lifted by a pungent peppery quality. Spicy dark berry flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a smoky mineral quality and a note of candied violet. Finishes juicy and very long, with berry skin and floral notes.
Ripe and peppery, with a spicy note weaving over the black cherry, dried tomato, licorice and mint flavors that keep pulsing through the long, expressive finish.
93 points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (July 2009)
Big and warm but structured and controlled too. Quite a feat. It smells of dried herbs and raisins, chocolate and cloves. Slight semblances of toasty oak too. Very fragrant and very attractive. It remains fresh (and flavoursome) through the mouth before juicy, beautifully ripened tannins take over. Big style, but a very nice drop.
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (June 2010)