I thought it would be interesting to now taste a new world wine of similar positioning and age and compare. Therefore I opened a 2004 Two Hands Bella's Garden. This is Barossa Shiraz from the premium Shiraz series and fruit from selected vineyards. The colour was equally purple and showed less development than the French wine. This surprised me.
On the palate, many things were as expected. Dark plum and blackberry flavours of this quite concentrated fruit dominated. The wine was simpler on the palate than the Leoville-Barton, also bigger, riper and more generous. The tannins were firm as well, but more agreeable than those of the Leoville-Barton. The alcohol was noticeable on the finish.
At the end, it comes down to personal preference. This wine would have been more palatable to some, but too in your face to others. The French wine was more complex, but not overly delicious.