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Press: A Raft of Outstanding Wine Advocate Reviews

Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s new roundup on Australia in the February 29, 2012, Wine Advocate (Issue #199) includes plenty of good Two Hands stuff.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Ares – 95 points
Deep purple-black colored, the 2009 Ares Shiraz is intensely scented of warm black plums, black cherry compote, dried mulberries and blackberry tart with underlying notes of cedar, licorice, hung meat and fertile soil. Full bodied, densely packed and generously layered with ripe berry flavors, it has a good backbone of medium to firm velvety tannins and racy acid, finishing long.

2009 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Aphrodite – 95 points
Deep purple-black colored, the 2009 Aphrodite Cabernet Sauvignon displays a wonderfully floral / expressive nose with notes of lilacs and lavender over creme de cassis, crushed blueberries, anise, cedar, baker’s chocolate and cassia plus a whiff of dried leaves. Full bodied and opulently fruited in the mouth, it offers a good line of lively acid and a medium to firm level of fine tannins, finishing long and fruity. The vibrant, forward berry flavors make this wine a temptation to drink now, but it should open and marry nicely over the next 2-3 years and drink best 2014 to 2024.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Barney’s Block McMurtrie Road – 95 points 
Deep purple-black in color, the 2009 “Barney’s Block” Shiraz is profoundly scented of warm blackberries and blueberry preserve over nuances of yeast extract, black olives, cloves, bacon fat and cedar. Very full bodied and powerful in the mouth, the palate is packed with primary blackberry and meaty / earthy flavors with ample support from a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and enlivening acid, finishing long with some baking spices coming through. Consider drinking this one 2013 to 2024+.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Coach House Block – 94 points
Deep purple colored, the 2009 “Coach House Block” Shiraz offers a vibrant, youthful nose of ripe black cherries, crushed blueberries and red currants over aromas of allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick and toast. Very full bodied, ripe and decadently fruited in the mouth, the richness is well structured with a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and crisp acidity. The finish is very long on this voluptuous stunner. Though tempting to drink now, it should be at its best 2013 to 2021+.

2009 Two Hands Windmill Block Shiraz – 94 points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 “Windmill Block” Shiraz offers a refreshingly elegant expression of the Barossa. It presents fragrant aromas of fresh black currants and crushed blackberries over cedar, toast, tree bark, earth and Indian spices. Medium bodied, taut and muscular in the mouth, it provides a great backbone of very crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins, finishing long and pure. It should drink best 2014 to 2022+.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Roennfeldt Road Zippy’s Block – 93+ points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 “Zippy’s Block” Shiraz reveals notes of warm cassis, crushed blackberries, blueberry compote and black plums with underlying nuances of earth, black pepper, tree bark and salami. Very full bodied and densely packed with dark fruit and savory flavors, it has a seductively supple structure of velvety tannins and medium to high acidity, finishing long. Approachable now, it will reward cellaring and drink to 2020+.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Samantha’s Garden – 91+ points
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Samantha’s Garden Shiraz is vibrantly scented of crushed blackberries and fresh blackcurrant with hints of Provence herbs, tree bark and cloves. Full bodied with plenty of rich, ripe black berry flavors in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and lively acid, finishing long and pure. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2018+.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden – 91 points
The 2009 Bella’s Garden Shiraz has a deep purple-black color and an earthy / savory nose of underbrush, fertile earth, bacon and black olives over warm cassis and blackberries plus hints of dried plums and soy. Big, powerful and full bodied in the mouth, it has a medium level of velvety tannins and good line of very crisp acid, enlivening the long, richly-fruited finish. Drink it now to 2017+.

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Angels’ Share – 91 points
Deep purple-black colored, the 2010 Angel’s Share Shiraz is intensely perfumed of ripe cassis, black cherry compote and blackberry pie with hints of dried plums, aniseed, tar and spice cake. Full bodied and vibrantly fruited on the palate, it offers an abundance of juicy black berry flavors with crisp acidity to enliven and a medium level of velvety tannins. The finish is long with some dried berry components coming through. Delicious at this youthful, primary-fruit stage, it should cellar gracefully to 2018+.

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes – 91 points
The 2010 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz has a deep purple-black color and an intense nose of blackberry preserves, blueberry pie and fruit cake with suggestions of ground cinnamon, cumin seed, fenugreek and mace. Full bodied with a generous amount of ripe, forward berry and spice flavors, the richness is nicely contrasted by crisp acid and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins, finishing long and spicy. Approachable now, it should keep to 2019+.

2009 Two Hands Shiraz Lily’s Garden – 90 points

Deep purple-black in color, the 2009 Lily’s Garden Shiraz gives ripe, expressive notes of blueberry pie, blackberry preserves and warm mulberries with hints of prunes, chocolate and licorice. Very full bodied and voluptuous on the palate, the generous flesh is well supported by a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and crisp acid, finishing long with lingering anise and dried berry notes. Delicious now, it should keep to 2017.

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