Halliday Wine Companion 2021 - Our Results are in!

We are thrilled to have again received high praise from the 2021 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion

Over the past three years, our wines have been tasted by three individual tasters, in 2018 Jane Faulkner, in 2019 Ned Goodwin and in 2020 James Halliday himself.

I think it testament to the quality of our wines that we have receive very high praise each time with every critic. Each year only a small portion of our portfolio can be tasted with the limit set on 12 wines

In recent weeks, we have heard of James Halliday’s retirement, which is well deserved and we look forward to the stewardship of the guide under new head Tyson Seltzer.

I have only met James Halliday once, back in the year 2000, at a special Australian wine tasting put on by Bipin Desia in Los Angeles. He was there to taste the group on 30+ vintages of Grange Hermitage and all the rare Penfold special bin wines, I was there to present a tasting of all the newish cult wines from Australia. It was a contrasting tasting and it was great to be able to put the best of what Australia, could then offer, on the world stage.

I have always enjoyed his take on our wines and we wish him well in retirement from wine tasting.

2017 Twelftree Moritz Road Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Grenache  – 97 points
“Hand-picked from dry-grown bushvines, destemmed, not crushed, wild-fermented with 15% whole bunches, 13 days on skins, light pressings. An utterly delicious grenache with only one problem: the total production was 50 dozen. Supple, fine, silky – tastes more like 13.5% alcohol than 14.5%.” JH

2017 Two Hands Ares Barossa Valley Shiraz95 points
“The grapes are destemmed/crushed into open fermenters, pumped over, after 15 days on skins the must is part free-run/part pressed part of each included in the blend, matured in French oak (20% new) for 25 months, bottled with minimal fining, no filtration. Wine for Dummies. Even the ’17 vintage and only French oak didn’t cause somersaults. “JH

2018 Two Hands Waterfall Block SVS Waterfall Gully Road Burnside Adelaide Shiraz 95 points
“A tiny parcel from a vineyard on the urban edge of the Adelaide CBD. Destemmed into a single 5t open fermenter, 10 days on skins, pressed to French puncheons (20% new). A no holds barred full-bodied wine, not yet ready, but promises much through its balance and tapestry of ripe fruit flavours.” JH

2018 Two Hands Yacca Block SVS Menglers Hill Eden Valley Shiraz95 points
“Fermented with 20% whole bunches, the remainder whole berry, 18 days on skins, plunged daily, the free-run and pressings combined after fermentation and racked off gross lees, matured for 18 months in French barriques and hogsheads (15% new). Spicy/textured whole bunch delivers.” JH

2018 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz95 points
“Open-fermented, destemmed, some whole bunch, pumpovers, 16 days on skins, matured for 17 months in French oak (14% new). The bouquet is fragrant, the wine no more than medium-bodied, and well balanced courtesy of fresh red and dark fruits. It’s not often that tannins decide the all-up quality of a Barossa Valley shiraz, but they do in this instance.” JH

2018 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz95 points 
“Everything is right with this wine. The colour is full but clear, the bouquet composed and welcoming, the medium-bodied palate continuing the theme, dark berry fruits doing all the lifting (this is only medium-bodied, in any event), the mouthfeel juicy, the tannins fine-spun, the length exemplary.” JH

2018 Two Hands Holy Grail SVS Barossa Valley Shiraz94 Points
“The lethal weight of the bottles used with this wine can create mayhem in a tasting of wines using normal deluxe bottles. Couriers through to sommeliers, and tasters groan in protest. The wine lives up to the package – at the far end of full-bodied, saved to a degree by its moderate alcohol.” JH

2018 Two Hands Samantha’s Garden Clare Valley Shiraz –  94 points
“Crushed and fermented in large open fermenters, twice-daily pumpovers, 13 days on skins, 18 months maturation in used French hogsheads and puncheons. Has that black fruit power of the Clare Valley that can seem impenetrable, but this has its best years in front of it. A complex bouquet, the palate locked up with its tar and roses flavour base.” JH

2017 Twelftree Schuller Road Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Grenache94 Points
“Hand-picked from 89yo dry-grown bushvines, destemmed, not crushed, fermented with 15% whole bunches, 13 days on skins, matured in French and stainless steel puncheons. A little more Barossa Valley-like than Blewitt Springs, more like ’18 than ’17. Nonetheless, a high quality grenache.” JH

2018 Two Hands Wines Lily Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz 93 points
“A familiar sight in a sea of unfamiliar labels, albeit with no background or vinification information. It is a full-bodied wine, seemingly much higher than 14.2%. Gritty tannins don’t open the welcome door.” JH

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