Two Hands are overjoyed to have received further praise this month from Australia’s longest running, online-only wine review site, The WineFront.
The Winefront is run by renown wine-writers Campbell Mattinson, Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie, who believe in hard work, realistic scoring, reliability and rigorous independence.
These scores are further examples of our continuous quality and consistency.
2015 Yacca Bock, Menglers Hill, Eden Valley Shiraz
From Mengler Hill Road in the Eden Valley. Need good strong wrists to pour a glass while holding the top of the neck.
Oh this is nicely made. There’s very little in the way of new oak, plenty of thick ripe tannin, boysenberry and blackberry, a bit of dark chocolate, spice and dried herb perfume. Intensity of flavour, balanced acidity and alcohol, and heaps of length. Has richness of fruit, but keeps itself complex and savoury too. Top shelf.
2015 Holy Grail, Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley Shiraz
Shiraz from the estate vineyard on Seppeltsfield Road. It spends 19 months in all French oak, 18% new. DIAM-sealed.
Squeaky clean, pure and bold, a lake of fruit, a wall of flavour. It’s a ‘gobfulls of fruit’ style done ashamedly; it rolls with dark, blackberried flavour, it’s inflections of asphalt and gum leaf mere cate’s eyes to the long black road of Barossa Shiraz flavour. It doesn’t yet boast complexity but it has plenty of time to generate it.
2015 Harriet’s Garden, Adelaide Hills Shiraz
New addition to the Two Hands “Garden Series”. Adelaide Hills shiraz. Open fermented, 80% whole bunches, French but no new oak.
It takes you straight to the deli section. This is meaty and gravelly with game and peppercorn notes all swimming ahead of dark plums and black cherry. It’s sweet-fruited but the smoky gaminess of the wine is the light by which the wine follows. It’s fresh, alive with acidity, peppery, exotic. Tannin is like a fine leg glance for four. The Garden Series is designed to display regionality diversity and nowhere in the range is it more explicit than it is here.
2015 Lily’s Garden, McLaren Vale Shiraz
It’s one of the originals of the Two Hands range.
It’s a mouthful of flavour and it’s good one. It’s a big wine, plain and simple. It tastes of blackberry jam and plum, eucalyptus and sweet, smoky, spicy oak. There are gentle rounds of mocha and liquorice here too. Tannin comes well integrated. Alcohol lends some warmth but not to an alarming degree. Bold and beautiful.
2016 Angels’ Share, McLaren Vale Shiraz
It’s a hard wine to deny.
It slips straight into the drinking zone and yet it has the overall structure to see it mature well over the medium term, if not longer. It’s not a big wine but it’s balanced on a pinhead. It tastes of anise, black cherry, redcurrant and violets, the fruits showered by sweet, meaty spice notes. There’s some toasty oak here but it’s just drifting in the background. If you enjoy drinking McLaren Vale Shiraz, you will enjoy drinking this.
2016 Brave Faces, Barossa Valley Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz
I don’t have notes on this particular release but Brave Faces GMS blend routinely includes some whole bunches in the ferment; it tastes as though it does.
This is a svelte, stylish, easy-drinking red wine with just enough in-built complexity to set it apart from the norm. It won’t scare any horses but nor will it put anyone to sleep. On the latter point: the alcohol has been nicely tamed too. It tastes of leather and woodsmoke, blueberry and raspberry, with woody anise and resin as garnish. There’s a peppercorn note and more than a hint of reduction. It all slips down nicely.