Two Hands Scores in the Top 4 in the Australian Report from The Wine Advocate!


The Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski released his Australia report and the results of his tasting are featured in that latest e-edition of Wine Advocate, published August 1st 2020.

We are proud to have 3 of our wines receiving the highest score of the report with a 98 and some other great scores confirming how good and encouraging the 2018 vintage is. Once again, it’s a testament to our team’s dedication and the blood, sweat and tears that go into each wine we craft.

1st Aug 2020 | The Wine Advocate | End of July 2020: Reviews by JOE CZERWINSKI

“Lovers of balanced Barossa Shiraz should beeline for the 2018 single-vineyard offerings from Two Hands, which speak to their origins and the high-quality orientation of this producer.”

2018 Two Hands  Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Road Seppeltsfield Shiraz – 98 Points

“The richest and flat-out sexiest of the single vineyards this year, the 2018 Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Road Seppeltsfield Shiraz offers up a compelling nose of caramelized meat, warm raspberries, vanilla and an array of dried spices. It’s full-bodied without being over the top at all (it’s labeled at 14.1% alcohol), supple, fleshy and generous yet structured, with a reverberating finish that echoes with fruit and savory nuances. It should be delicious over the course of its entire life, which should be well over a decade.”

2018 Two Hands  Yacca Block Menglers Hill Shiraz – 98 Points

“Just like last year, this patch of the Eden Valley has turned out a magnificent wine. The 2018 Yacca Block Menglers Hill Shiraz boasts fragrant notes of violets and blueberries spiced with hints of cinnamon, caramel and roasted meat. It’s the biggest of the Block wines, labeled at 14.3% alcohol, but despite being full-bodied, comes across as impeccably balanced. It’s fleshy and generous, but supple tannins, which turn silky on the lengthy finish, keep the overall impression one of savory elegance.”

2015 Two Hands  My Hands  – 98 Points (Contact our Cellar Door for availability of this Uber Premium Shiraz)

“Composed of Shiraz selected from the Holy Grail Vineyard in Seppeltsfield, the 2015 My Hands is Two Hands’s ultra-luxe wine. It spent two years in French oak hogsheads (300-liter barrels) prior to bottling, and then aged in the company cellars until release. Not made every year, the 2015 offers densely packed aromas of creosote, cedar, vanilla, mocha, cola, plums and blackberries. It’s a big, full-bodied wine (15.3% alcohol on the label) but doesn’t show any heat, the alcohol ably buffered by the wine’s admirable concentration. Flavors of maple syrup and roasted meat give the wine a savory balance to the layers of fruit, while the rich, velvety tannins form plush waves of texture on the palate, lingering on the finish. Still youthful, I suspect it will age well for at least 15 years.”

 2017 Two Hands Ares Shiraz  –  96+

“The mulberry and vanilla-scented 2017 Ares Shiraz is a full-bodied Barossa Shiraz, with sufficient structure to support at least 15 years of aging. Dark purple and saturated in color, it shows some faint herbal nuances as well—enough to keep the fruit from being monolithic or boring, not enough to be a distraction. The tannins are rich and ripe, imparting a velvety texture on the palate and lingering as a soft dustiness on the long finish.”

2018 Two Hands Secret Block Wildlife Road Moppa Hills Shiraz – 96 Points

“The 2018 Secret Block Wildlife Road Moppa Hills Shiraz boasts fabulous aromas of purple raspberries and cassis. It’s fresh and fruity, yet delivers complex herb and spice notes on the nose and offers plenty of depth on the medium to full-bodied palate. Supple yet structured, it offers contradicting impressions, but comes together as a seamless whole on the silky, lingering finish.”

2017 Two Hands  Aphrodite Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 Points

“Two Hands’s best Cabernet went into the 2017 Aphrodite Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from McLaren Vale (like all of the Two Hands Cabs this time around), it’s a dark, vibrant purple in the glass, boasts loads of cassis fruit and just hints of mint, bay leaf and sage and finishes with gorgeous, silky tannins that linger for what seems like minutes. It’s medium to full-bodied, fine-grained and elegant in feel and—it’s worth repeating—long on the finish. Approachable now, it should reach full stride in another couple of years, then age for up to two decades.”

2018 Two Hands Coach House Block Seppeltsfield Road Greenock Shiraz – 94 Points   “Scents of smoked meat, wild herbs and red raspberries mark the nose of the 2018 Coach House Block Seppeltsfield Road Greenock Shiraz. It’s a medium-bodied, velvety-textured wine, concentrated and rich, but also a bit crunchy for a Barossa Shiraz, avoiding super ripeness in favor of less volume, gently dusty tannins and bright acids. With plenty of substance and a long, mouthwatering finish, this is a terrific wine, but I can’t help thinking it could’ve been even better.” SOLD OUT

2018 Two Hands Shiraz Dave’s Block Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs – 94 Points

“The 2018 Shiraz Dave’s Block Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs boasts a slightly hard-edged, crystalline character to its cherry fruit. French oak adds hints of caramel softness, but this young wine is still angular on its medium-bodied palate. Concentrated, dark, intense and long on the finish, it looks to have the ability to age, but I don’t think it will ever provide the same pleasure as the 2016.”

2018 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz – 93 Points

“Hints of roasted meat and vanilla accent black cherries and blackberries on the nose of the 2018 Bella’s Garden Shiraz. Medium to full-bodied, plush and creamy, yet with enough silky tannin on the finish to give it shape and sense of structure, this is a super introduction to what looks like a terrific Barossa vintage.” (Available September 2020)  

2018 Two Hands Waterfall Block Waterfall Gully Road Burnside Shiraz – 93 Points

“Hints of fresh hay meet candied cherries on the nose of the 2018 Waterfall Block Waterfall Gully Road Burnside Shiraz, a new entrant in the Two Hands “Block” collection. With its juxtaposition of slight greenness and bright fruit, it reminds me of some Central Coast/Paso Robles (California) Syrahs, without the massive alcohols that those sometimes carry (this clocks in at 13.9% alcohol on the label). It’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, with some firm but ripe tannins supporting red berries and a slight dustiness on the finish. It should drink well for at least a decade.”

2017 Two Hands  Aerope Grenache – 93 Points

“The 2017 Aerope Grenache is the best Barossa Valley Grenache Two Hands could—excuse me—lay their hands on. Fermented in concrete and then aged in large-format oak and stainless steel, it’s not woody at all, instead focusing on notes of garrigue and cherries. It’s medium to full-bodied, with less alcohol than pretty much any modern-day Châteauneuf-du-Pape (14.1% alcohol on the label) and a lattice-like tannic structure that allows the fruit to show through while providing a structure sturdy enough to age for a decade or more.”

2018 Two Hands  Lily’s Garden Shiraz – 92 Points

“Deep mulberry notes mark the nose of the 2018 Lily’s Garden Shiraz. Flecks of mint, cedar and cola add depth and nuance on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is silky but firm, showing admirable concentration and lingering elegantly on the finish.” (Available September 2020)  

2018 Two Hands  Samantha’s Garden Shiraz – 92 Points

“The slightly mentholated 2018 Samantha’s Garden Shiraz offers hints of bay leaf and sage as well, layered over a bed of mulberry and cherry fruit. Concentrated, creamy and supple, this medium to full-bodied wine finishes with softly dusty tannins while remaining eminently approachable.” (Available September 2020)

2018 Two Hands Max’s Garden Shiraz – 91+

“Meaty and savory upfront, the 2018 Max’s Garden Shiraz blends those accents with red raspberries to make a compelling argument for Heathcote this vintage. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a firm, dusty structure and a long, silky-textured finish. This has more grip than the wines from Two Hands’s South Australian Gardens, but has its own appeal and character.” (Available September 2020)  

2017 Adrestia Adelaide Hills Semillon – 91 Points

“While the 2016 Adrestia included a decent proportion of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Adrestia Semillon has dropped SB from the label. It’s light to medium-bodied, with lime and lemon notes in the lead and perhaps just a bit of fig rounding things out. Barrel-fermented and aged, hints of pencil shavings are perceptible, but no overt lashings of vanilla, and the wine itself is quite tight and linear in style. I’d opt to consume it on the young side, although I suspect it will age beautifully, as so many Semillons do.”

2017 Two Hands  Wanderlust Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points

“The eucalyptus-laced 2017 Wanderlust Cabernet Sauvignon adds plenty of bay leaf, sage and cassis to balance things out, plus hints of vanilla and cedar. It’s medium-bodied and streamlined, with rich, velvety tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. It’s a departure from the Shiraz-heavy lineup, but an enjoyable diversion.”

2019 Two Hands  Gnarly Dudes Shiraz – 90 Points

“As always, sourced from the Barossa Valley, the 2019 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz features darker fruit tones than the McLaren Vale-based Angel’s Share. Blackberries and hints of black olive mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is lined with supple tannins and brambly spice nuances, leading into a softly dusty finish.”

2019 Two Hands  Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 Points

“Often overlooked in the Two Hands lineup because it’s McLaren Vale Cabernet, the 2019 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid example of the variety at a realistic price. Hints of tea-like herbals and floral notes accent cassis on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is crisp, linear and streamlined, coming to a long, focused finish framed by dusty tannins.”

2018 Two Hands Charlie’s Garden Shiraz – 90 Points

“The 2018 Charlie’s Garden Shiraz offers hints of dried mushrooms and bay leaf on the nose, adding a savory note to the dark, boysenberry-inflected fruit. It’s medium to full-bodied, supple and nearly creamy on the palate, with a tart, mouthwatering finish. After loving the 2016 and 2017 versions, this is a nice wine but slightly disappointing.” (Available September 2020)  

2018 Two Hands  Harriet’s Garden Shiraz – 90 Points

“The crisp 2018 Harriet’s Garden Shiraz is the least powerful of the six “Garden Series” Shiraz, weighing in at only 13.5% alcohol. This medium-bodied effort does boast lovely cherry and raspberry aromatics, hints of cedar and dried spices, even a slightly peppery edge to the silky-textured finish, giving it ample complexity and appeal.”  (Available September 2020)

We invite you to contact our Cellar Door for availability of pre-release wines.

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