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 1st September 2021.
We are proud to have 2 of our wines receiving the highest scores of the report with a 99 and a 98 respectively for our uber-premium My Hands 2016 and 2019 Coach House Block. We’re delighted to see a collection of wonderful scores and words from Joe Czerwinsk . Once again, it’s a testament to our team’s dedication and the determination and skill that goes into each wine we craft.
1st Sep 2021 | The Wine Advocate | Issue 256 End of August 2021 : Reviews by JOE CZERWINSKI
“Although I suspect the 99-point 2016 My Hands will garner a fair bit of attention, this is an impressive lineup of 2019s from Two Hands, including some fine efforts in the Garden range—and a couple that fall short, perhaps showing the unevenness of the vintage. The Garden wines will be more widely available than the Block wines, yet if you can identify which Blocks you’re likely to prefer, my advice is to go the extra mile for them, as they express more site specificity and individual character.” Joe Czerwinski
2016 My Hands – 99 POINTS – Contact us to learn more about an allocation.
“A special selection of Shiraz from the Holy Grail vineyard in Seppeltsfield, the 2016 My Hands is an infrequently made, ultra-luxe offering. If you have to ask the price…. After two years in French oak hogsheads (and another couple in bottle prior to release), it’s extravagantly perfumed, loaded with scents of vanilla, cinnamon and cedar, yet placed in near-perfect balance with notes of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It could be your grandmother’s mixed-berry crumble but with an added savory edge that includes hints of black olives and dark coffee. Full-bodied and plush, yet structured, this is a rich, velvety wine on the palate, yet one that doesn’t sacrifice length or longevity for immediate pleasure—like the juxtaposition of sweet and savory flavors, they’re somehow able to coexist and remain harmonious throughout.”
2019 Coach House Block – 98 POINTS – SOLD OUT Contact us to learn more about an allocation.
“The inky-hued 2019 Coach House Block Seppeltsfield Road Greenock Shiraz boasts strikingly floral aromas that hint at lavender and hibiscus, some minty, herbal notes and layers of mixed red and black raspberries. I love the complexities this wine evokes in so-called lesser vintages (like the 2017 and this one). The fabulous thing about this wine is that those complexities don’t come at a cost of increased astringency or elevated acids—this medium to full-bodied effort continues to flow effortlessly across the palate, supple yet rich, creamy yet structured, long and softly dusty on the finish. It’s a wonderful representation of Shiraz from Greenock, at the western rim of the Barossa Valley.”
2019 Holy Grail – 96 POINTS – SOLD OUT Contact us to learn more about an allocation.
“While the 2019 Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Road Seppeltsfield Shiraz lacks the compelling richness of the previous vintage or the intoxicating complexity of the Coach House Block, it’s still a fabulous wine. Slightly caramelized red raspberries lead the way, joined by blueberries and lent a savory touch through hints of black olives and licorice. It’s medium to full-bodied, ripe and generous, with a lush, velvety feel and a lingering, harmonious and even elegant finish that never seems heavy or overdone, sip after sip.”
2019 Secret Block – 94 POINTS
“Faint whiffs of woodsmoke mark the nose of the 2019 Secret Block Wildlife Road Moppa Hills Shiraz, adding a welcome savory, meaty note to the bold blackberry and blueberry fruit. It’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and ripe without being over the top at all. Nicely proportioned and balanced, with a silky-velvety feel and a long, harmonious finish, this should drink well for at least a decade or so.”
2019 Dave’s Block – 93 POINTS
“Lightly mentholated cherries appear on the nose of the 2019 Shiraz Dave’s Block Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs. It’s an attractive, medium to full-bodied wine whose modest tannins are accentuated on the finish by the acidity, giving it a crisp, slightly astringent feel. It lacks the excitement of the 2018 or 2016 but remains a solid effort that should age well.”
2019 Waterfall Block – 94 POINTS
“One of the bigger, more powerful of the Block wines this vintage, the 2019 Waterfall Block Waterfall Gully Road Burnside Shiraz is a full-bodied, velvety, well-behaved beast of a wine. Swirls of mixed berries combine with mocha and dark chocolate, finishing with layers of flavor and texture. While its elevated alcohol (it’s listed at 14.9% alcohol) may mean it’s not quite as long-lived as some of the other 2019 bottlings, it should still go 10 years easily.”
2019 Yacca Block – 95 POINTS
“The deep, densely colored 2019 Yacca Block Menglers Hill Shiraz starts off with notes of bay leaf and sage, develops luscious dark-fruit notes of blueberries and blackberries, then turns more savory—black olives and licorice—on the finish. It’s full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet remains balanced and refreshing on the long finish. One of the more complex and balanced of the Block wines most vintages, it appears to be a pretty consistent vineyard.”
2019 Wanderlust – 91 POINTS
“The medium to full-bodied 2019 Wanderlust Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc boasts an exceptionally smooth, silky mouthfeel. It makes a nice change of pace from the Syrah-heavy lineup at Two Hands, blending the two Cabernets into a complex, faintly herbal wine built around notes of cherries, cassis and hints of cigar box. Long and mouthwatering on the finish, it’s already approachable yet should easily go a decade.