Ares represents the very best Shiraz parcels from Two Hands Wines. Each vintage, Michael Twelftree and his winemaking team taste every single barrel in the winery and only the very best barrels are designated to the Flagship Series wines. The top vineyards and the top barrels of Shiraz is what is then bottled as Ares. A statuesque, powerful and deeply flavored wine, it is appropriately named Ares, after the Greek god of war!
25 months maturation with 20% new French oak. The remainder in one to four-year-old French oak.
Crushed, de-stemmed and fermented in five, seven and 10 ton open top fermenters with regular pump overs; up to three times daily during peak fermentation to extract color 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 nonfiltered.
Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, sage, cacao beans, lavender and Christmas spice.
Crashes across the palate with authority. Lots of density of flavor, rich and vibrant fruits and deeply embedded yet complexing notes of dried lavender, star anise, coffee grounds, and cacao beans add depth and intrigue. Its stern and authoritative demeanor hits every corner and crevice of the mid-palate as only a Barossa Shiraz can. It tightens through the finish with commanding and bold tannins, andhas length to burn. This is a wine which demands cellaring.