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‘A lovely interpretation of the Rhône mixture that inspires it’

Is this the pre-holiday tasting rush getting under way? Lots of fresh reviews of Two Hands and Twelftree wines to share!

From Jeffery Lindenmuth in Food Arts:
Two Hands Brave Faces Barossa Valley 2010 This Aussie blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro is a lovely interpretation of the Rhône mixture that inspires it. Currant and blueberry aromas are draped with dark chocolate, licorice, black pepper, and grilled herbs. Rich and full across the palate, the smooth and mouthfilling dark fruit is nicely blanced with acidity. Score: 91.

From Jim McCracken in Florida Weekly:
Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz Barossa Valley 2011 ($70): Aromas of plum and dark fruits mix on the palate with dense, juicy, dark cherry and raspberry flavors, leading to a long elegant finish.

And a trio of reviews from International Wine Review:
Twelftree 2012 Grenache Rosé Barossa Valley ($32) 87 The Tweltree Grenache Rosé displays a salmon pink with aromas of sweet strawberry and light toast. It is very ripe like strawberry confiture and is lush on the palate with high glycerin and heady sweet alcohol (15.5% alc). Nice lingering flavors on the finish but not a wimpy rosé.

Twelftree 2011 Grenache Gomersol Barossa Valley ($75) 90 The 2011 Grenache Gomersal is an attractive fruit-forward wine of 100% Grenache from 49 year-old vines. It offers dark red plum aromas with hints of coffee, roasted meat, licorice and earth. Fermented and aged 11 months in stainless steel, it is ripe and crisp on the palate with high acidity, firm tannins and a long flavorful finish.

Twelftree 2011 Grenache/Mataro Barossa Valley ($60) 92 The 2011 Grenache/Mataro exhibits an attractive dark ruby color and has rich flavors of spicy plum, blueberries and toast. Sourced from 49 year-old vines and aged for 11 months in stainless steel, it shows good flavor intensity on the pal­ate, soft ripe tannins and a persistent finish. The wine is composed of 52% Grenache and 48% Mataro.

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