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Jay McInerney on Two Hands and Regional Diversity

Michael Twelftree plunged into the brightly lit big city recently – that’s right: NY, NY – and had the pleasure of sitting down with Wall Street Journal wine columnist Jay McInerney. The topic of conversation? Regional diversity. Jay gets it.

Twelftree makes six different Shirazes from six different regions and each has a surprisingly distinct profile…The other day I tasted his 2010 Angel’s Share, from the McLaren Vale, (which) was very different from the 2010 Gnarly Dudes, from the Barossa Valley, even though both receive the same vinification.  The McLaren wine was very lively—voluptuous but with a nice bright acidity under the fruit, while the Barossa shiraz was more powerful, more tannic, with black fruit flavors.

While Barossa is the best known Shiraz region in Australia, Twelftree thinks that the Clare Valley may ultimately have the greatest potential.  “There’s something majestic about Clare Valley Shiraz,” he says. His own version bears the name “Samantha’s Garden.” All of these are big, rich wines with plenty of alcohol, and yet they have very distinctive personalities.

Check out Jay’s Two Hands column on the Journal site.

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