We recently sent a number of our wines to be reviewed by Gary Walsh at The Wine Front, I have long been a subscriber and fan of The Wine Front team; I love the fact they taste their wines in ‘Real Time’ with reviews being posted well before a wine has sold out. I also like the take from 3 (now 4) different palates.
I have never met Gary but we bonded many years back over a bottle of Merlot/Cabernet Franc I made back in 2002. I like his notes as they have a fun edge at the start that become very serious once the wines tasted.
Here is what he thought of some of of our 2018 Garden Series Wines.
Happy Drinking – MT
Two Hands Max’s Garden Shiraz 2018 – 94 Points
“An excursion into Victoria, dangerous as that may be these days, sourced from a 19 year old vineyard in Colbinabbin.
Sweet red fruit, gum leaf, plenty of spice. Medium-bodied, orange peel and dried herb, brightly lit with an attractive perfume, a sort of iron filings character, and juicy red and black fruits on a cool and precise finish. Excellent.”
Two Hands Charlie’s Garden Shiraz 2018 – 94 points
“From Mengler’s Hill up at 460-490 metres above sea level. Vines are between 10 and 81 years old, so quite a few generations in the mix here.
Classic Eden Valley with red fruits, chamomile and sage, plus some spice. It’s medium-bodied, supple and spicy, fresh and juicy, tannin with something of a stony feel, running to blackcurrant and sage on a long cool finish. Very good. A wine of finesse and regional charm.”
Two Hands Harriet’s Garden Shiraz 2018 – 94 points
“The name Harriet puts me in mind of ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’, though given it’s the name of Michael Twelftree’s daughter, I hope that doesn’t happen. This comes from the Hope Forest region, which sounds like a character from The Bold and the Beautiful, and so it goes. Maybe I should just stop typing the rubbish that pops into my head…quit while I’m ahead.
Fragrant, spicy, raspberry rope and herb garden. Medium-bodied, fresh, lithe and juicy, a cool feel with warming brown spice, sun-dried tomato, tannin grips surely but gently and the finish is long and fresh. Perhaps a truffle perfume as it goes. Very good.”
Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz 2018 – 93 points
“About 6 million wines arrived from Two Hands the other week, and some of the boxes were so very heavy that I canceled the weight set I had on order after moving them. This is from Ebenezer, Gomersal, Greenock, Kalimna (shhhh), Marananga, Moppa Hills, Seppeltsfield, Stockwell and Stonewell (shhh). All the places. Smells like maybe a little whole bunch in the mix too, though I could be wrong. Juicy blueberry and blackberry pie, spice, some liquorice, slight dried rose and dried mint thing happening. It’s lively, brown spicy and earthy, ample sweet blue and black fruit, supple tannin, raspberry ripple and spice on a nice long finish. Tasty. Nicely done.”
Two Hands Samantha’s Garden Shiraz 2018 – 93 points
“Clare Valley from Armagh, Watervale and White Hut. Raspberry and liquorice, mint too, but nice mint, as it were, adding to the general fragrance and charm of this medium-bodied Shiraz. Supple, tannin is silty and fine, a general juiciness and red fruit succulence, with spice and fresh acidity on a long finish. Charming wine. All just so.”
*** All reviews are published with permission from The Wine Front – www.winefront.com.au