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Two Hands, Twelftree Wines Rock Spectator ‘Insider’


Two Hands and Twefltree lead off the latest edition of the Wine Spectator Insider in spectacular fashion, with a quintet of 90+ ratings for wines that cut across vintages, regions and varietals.

The reviews, in the Nov. 6, 2013 Insider, come from San Francisco-based Editor at Large Harvey Steiman, the longtime Spectator Australia expert:

Grenache-Mataro Barossa Valley Gomersal-Ebenezer 2011
92 points | $60 | 485 cases made | Red
Rich, ripe and round, with plush green olive accents to the meaty, dark berry and licorice flavors, lingering on the dense, expressive finish. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.

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Brave Faces Barossa Valley 2012
92 points | $40 | 2,000 cases made | Red
Crisp, vibrant and impressive, offering focused blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in fine tannins and finishing with floral and white pepper notes. The finish persists. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2019.—H.S.

Grenache Barossa Valley Gomersal 2011
91 points | $75 | 205 cases made | Red
Fresh, vibrant and full-bodied, with rich, ripe blackberry and plum flavors, shaded with hints of red pepper and passion fruit. The finish lingers brightly. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.

Shiraz McLaren Vale White Hut 2011
91 points | $100 | 500 cases made | Red
Dark, dense and chewy, this offers a full-bodied mouthful of blackberry, dried blueberry, white pepper and licorice flavors that persist into a dense finish. Surprisingly well-packed for this generally light vintage. Best from 2015 through 2021.—H.S.

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Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes 2012
91 points | $40 | 15,000 cases made | Red
Dark and brooding, with blackberry, cherry and gentle spice flavors unfolding on the smooth-textured, meaty frame. The finish persists against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.

The Spectator Insider is a biweekly publication for members that provides a first look at what the magazine calls “our editors’ most exciting new wines.”

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