Two Hands Reviews from Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds from Vinous (formerly International Wine Cellar) has released several reviews of current and previous release Two Hands and Twelftree Wines.

We are thrilled to have received such positive and consistent acclaim, and are proud to share these reviews of 19 Two Hands releases that have received scores of 91 points or more.

Read reviews of Twelftree Wines here.

Flagship Series Reviews

2012 Ares Barossa Valley/McLaren Vale Shiraz

Dark purple. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry liqueur, incense, potpourri and cola, with a smoky mineral nuance building as the wine opens in the glass. Juicy, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering concentrated blueberry, cherry-cola and floral pastille flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. This utterly palate-staining wine comes off as vibrant, even graceful, with silky tannins adding shape and grip to the extremely long finish.
94 points | Drinking window: 2021 – 2029 

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2012 Aphrodite McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Inky ruby. Deeply pitched cassis, cherry liqueur and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a suave floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but vibrant as well, showing excellent focus and thrust to its dark berry and rose pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and vivacity and shows absolutely no rough edges. Finishes on a smoky note, with superb tenacity, lingering floral character and supple, fully absorbed tannins.
94 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2026 

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2012 Aerope Barossa Valley Grenache

Ruby-red. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied rose scents pick up spice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, with juicy acidity and an exotic star anise nuance providing energy and lift. Sneaky, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an extremely long, focused, floral finish.
94 points | Drinking window: 2019 – 2025  

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2012 Adrestia Adelaide Hills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Bright greenish-straw color. Pungent, highly perfumed aromas of quince, orange pith, tarragon, vanilla and white flowers, with a strong mineral undertone. Dry, sharply focused and steely on entry, then deeper and fleshier in the middle, offering juicy nectarine, pear, citrus pith and honeysuckle flavors and a strong jolt of smoky minerality. The floral and smoky mineral notes carry strongly through a sharply delineated, impressively long finish that also features a lingering note of candied orange zest. This vibrant wine drinks like a very serious white Bordeaux and has the depth and structure to age.
94 points | Drinking window: 2019 – 2026

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Single Vineyard Series Reviews

2013 Kraehe House Block Marananga, Barossa Valley Shiraz

Inky purple. Expansive aromas of cherry liqueur, cassis and pungent flowers show excellent clarity. Stains the palate with concentrated dark fruit and violet pastille flavors complicated by notes of mocha and Indian spices. Distinctly generous in style but there’s no excess fat here. The gently tannic, dark fruit-dominated finish strongly echoes the spice and floral notes and hangs on with wonderful persistence. The combination of richness and energy here is pretty compelling.
94 points | Drinking window: 2023 – 2032

2013 Secret Block Moppa Hills, Barossa Valley Shiraz

Dark purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, potpourri and cola, with a zesty mineral nuance adding vivacity. The palate offers deeply concentrated blueberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors, with suggestions of vanilla and candied licorice emerging on the back half. Finishes on a suave note of candied violet, with slowly building tannins and outstanding energy and focus.
94 points | Drinking window: 2022 – 2030

2013 Barney’s Block McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale Shiraz

Glass-staining purple. Heady aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, candied violet and smoky minerals, with a cola note building in the glass. Very sweet, broad and velvety, offering palate-coating black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Smooth tannins sneak up steadily on a very long, sappy finish that leaves notes of blackberry preserves and vanilla behind.
93 points | Drinking window: 2021 – 2029

2013 Heartbreak Hill White Hut, Clare Valley Shiraz

Bright violet color. A heady bouquet of fresh dark berries, cherry-cola, candied licorice and potpourri, with a subtle touch of smokiness. Palate-staining black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. As the wine opens in the glass, the floral quality becomes more prominent and an exotic Moroccan spice note sneaks in. Closes sweet and very long, with gentle tannic grip and lingering floral character.
93 points | Drinking window: 2022 – 2030


Garden Series Reviews

2013 Sophie’s Garden Padthaway Shiraz

Brilliant purple. Heady, smoke-accented blue fruit, incense, licorice and floral aromas on the exotically perfumed nose. Supple, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry, blackberry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight and spread out with aeration. Decidedly rich but energetic as well, showing a spherical quality and seamless texture. Velvety tannins give shape and grip to an impressively long, floral finish, with the blue fruit note strongly repeating.
93 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2028

2013 Samantha’s Garden Clare Valley Shiraz

Deep ruby. Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, cola and violet, with suggestions of woodsmoke and allspice in the background. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated, lively cherry and black raspberry flavors that become spicier with air. Sappy, focused and lithe, showing no excess fat. Closes with supple tannins, excellent persistence and an emphatic echo of sweet red fruit.
93 points | Drinking window: 2022 – 2028

2013 Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz

Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of Indian spices and smoky minerals. Sappy and deeply concentrated, conveying strong lift to its red and dark berry and spicecake flavors. The floral and mineral notes comes back emphatically on the penetrating finish, which features smooth, slowly building tannins and lingering spiciness.
93 points | Drinking window: 2019 – 2027

2013 Lily’s Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz

Vivid purple. Suave smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied licorice and spicecake, with a floral pastille nuance building in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors plus suggestions of star anise and vanilla. The blue fruit and floral notes repeat strongly on a long, juicy finish framed by harmonious tannins.
92 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2027

2013 Harry & Edward’s Garden Langhorne Creek Shiraz

Bright violet color. A complex bouquet evokes ripe blackcurrant, cherry pit and violet, with licorice and dark chocolate notes coming up with air. Fleshy dark berry, bitter chocolate and succulent herb flavors become sweeter and deeper on the back half while maintaining their verve. Finishes on a smoky note, with velvety tannins adding shape and grip to the persistent, dark fruit-driven finish.
92 points | Drinking window: 2021 – 2028

2013 Max’s Garden Heathcote Shiraz

Inky ruby. Deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur, licorice and mocha scents, with a smoky topnote building with air. Broad, concentrated and chewy, offering ripe blackcurrant and plum flavors with suggestions of bitter chocolate and vanilla. This brawny but surprisingly vibrant Shiraz finishes with strong thrust and smooth, slow-building tannins that fold quickly into the wine’s concentrated dark fruit.
93 points | Drinking window: 2021 – 2027


Picture Series Reviews

2014 The Wolf Clare Valley Riesling

Bright straw. Potent mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by quinine and jasmine. On the palate, deeply concentrated but lively Meyer lemon, orange zest and pear flavors are underscored by a chalky element that adds lift and spine. A deeper melon nuance emerges on the very long, silky finish, which echoes with candied citrus fruits.
92 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2026 

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2014 The Boy Eden Valley Riesling

Pale yellow. Fresh lemon and pear skin aromas are complemented by notes of ginger, kerosene and chalky minerals. Dry, incisive citrus fruit flavors show very good clarity, with a stony element providing added lift and cut. Finishes sharply focused and impressively long, with resonating lemon and mineral notes.
92 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2026 

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2014 Sexy Beast McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Brilliant ruby. Potent blackcurrant, licorice and pipe tobacco scents are complicated by suggestions of cedary oak and minerals. Weighty and sweet in the mouth, offering broad black and blue fruit flavors that become livelier and pick up a floral nuance with aeration. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on the very long, energetic finish, with the floral and blue fruit notes echoing.
92 points | Drinking window: 2021 – 2027 

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2014 Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, candied licorice, violet and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral note adding complexity. Broad, fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering intense, deep blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors and a refreshing snap of juicy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes very long, spicy and gently tannic, leaving a sweet dark fruit note behind.
91 points | Drinking window: 2020 – 2026 

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2014 Angels’ Share McLaren Vale Shiraz

Bright violet color. Expansive scents of blueberry, cherry compote, pipe tobacco and licorice, with a peppery nuance adding urgency. Sappy and appealingly sweet, offering plush black and blue fruit flavors lifted and brightened by a spine of juicy acidity. Fleshy and concentrated but energetic as well, with velvety tannins shaping the long, dark fruit-driven finish.
91 points | Drinking window: 2022 – 2028 

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