Dave’s Block Blewitt Springs McLaren Valey Shiraz 2019
“ There is something which no one could possibly miss with this series of Single Vineyard Shiraz from Two Hands. These are some of the heaviest bottles I have ever encountered. Surely made of lead! Workplace Health and Safety, get on board! On the other hand, the deep punt and the slightly old-fashioned yet fashionable labels make these a most attractively presented range of wines.
The wines come from various districts across South Australia, and given that they are the same vintage, same grape with the same winemaking team in charge, they are a great way to look at six different terroirs. First cab off the rank (actually, first shiraz but you know what I mean) is Dave’s Block from an elevated site with a north-west aspect in Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. The vines are 51 years of age, in rows with an east-west orientation. The soils are deep bleached white sand overlying mottled orange clay. The advantage here is that the grapes mature very slowly, allowing flavours to build and providing spicy aromatics and textured tannins.
Purples and crimsons, this is soft and plush and generous. Spices, even a hint of white pepper. Chocolate, red fruits, pepperberries. There is not great intensity on the finish but it is very long and has silky, slightly furry tannins. Good structure. Years to go. Sweet milk chocolate on the finish. Quite delicious.
“KG. 94 POINTS
Waterfall Block Burnside Adelaide Shiraz 2019
“The second in the series moves to Burnside in Adelaide itself. 27 year-old vines, also with east-west row orientation. The aspect of the vineyard is western. The soils here are shallow red clays over deep deposits of slate, shale and limestone. This is a steep site with a unique microclimate, as neighbouring ranges and hills protect it from the sun early in the morning and later in the day. This means minimal stress. Very dark reds, near opaque. The aromatics here move to more blueberry notes. Chocolate, florals and old leather. This is plush and ripe. Similar length to Dave’s Block but more intensity. It is fresh, layered and complex. Good acidity. Delicious now, but has a decade or more ahead of it. Seamless. There is depth here. Like this a lot.
” KG 96 POINTS
Yacca Block Mengler’s Hill Eden Valley Shiraz 2019
“For mine the best of the 2019 Single Vineyard Series, Yacca Block is made with fruit from relatively young vines in the Eden Valley. What Eden Valley provides is a finer and more detailed edge to the typically rich Two Hands style. The wine is still unmistakably Two Hands with decadent dark fruit plus plenty of high-quality oak. This is offset by a dusting of violets and mixed spice that make it hard to resist. There is then a powerful, yet silky, palate – the fruit rich but beautifully balanced and poised before a long and mouth-filling finish. A superb Edenexpression with the structure for a long life ahead. ” AH 95 POINTS
Secret Block Moppa Hills Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
“Barossa and in particular Moppa fans will fall in love with this shiraz. It is adeeply flavoured wine but also carries with it great presence and staying power.There are lashings of dark fruit with liquorice, blackberry and baked eartharomas wound up in a blanket of high quality mocha-scented oak, which iskeeping the fruit a little muted right now. The palate though is a different storyand unfurls to reveal layer after layer of flavour. It’s also bold and muscular withample tannins that will help it to drink beautifully over the next decade at least.” AH 93 POINTS
Coach House Block Greenock Barossa Valley 2019 – SOLD OUT
” From another legendary Barossa sub-region, Greenock, the vineyard has asouth-eastern aspect, elevation of 256 metres and row orientation of north-westto south-east. The soil is deep grey-red loam containing coarse quartz andironstone gravel over clay. The vines are 23 years of age and this is a vineyardwhich offers wonderful generosity of flavour.
Deep reds here. Florals, tomato bush notes. Dry herbs and cloves. This is theoutlier in comparison to the rest of the series. Quite different. Aromatic, evenedgy. There is a fraction more oak evident here, but it is generous in all thingswith juicy acidity. There is a sappy note on the finish too. Again, a good future.”KG” 93 POINTS
Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley 2019
“The youngest of the vineyards, proving age is not everything, with vines from five to19 years of age. Located in the Seppeltsfield sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Rowshave an east-west orientation, and the vineyard a north-easterly aspect. Elevation is250 metres. The soil is red-brown earth over stony clay. It gives the wines incrediblyintense aromatics.
Purples and reds. This opens with chocolate and raisins. It is plush, cuddly, full-flavoured and even cushiony while already exhibiting some serious complexity.Black fruits, spices, liquorice. Chewy tannins, but they and the oak and the acidityand the fruit are all in sync. Balance is immaculate with great length. Stunning, lovethis and my pick of the range.” KG 97 POINTS