Localization: Barossa Valley, Australia
Tasting notes: Aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums, figs, creme de cassis, graphite, smoky new oak, bacon fat, and prunes are present in this dense, full-bodied effort. Monstrous in the mouth, with no hard edges, this is the type of wine that seemingly only Australia is capable of producing.
The Domain: Branson Coach House is in the Barossa Valley. It was established in 1998. But after the death of the founder, it was in 2001 purchased by Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree, the two businessmen who founded Two Hands in 1999. Today wines at Two Hands and Branson Coach House are made by winemaker Matthew Wenk. Branson Coach House vineyards are noted for their excellent fruit, and the Branson Coach House label includes several single-vineyard Shiraz.