More Rockin’ 2012s
Proprietor Michael Twelftree has called 2012 “without a doubt our best vintage to date” – which, for a winery of Two Hands’ record of achievement, is saying something – and the reviews continue to support that notion. The latest evidence of 2012’s greatness comes in the March 19, 2014, Wine Spectator Insider, which includes five Two Hands Wines with scores ranging from 91 to 95 points. All the wines were reviewed by Harvey Steiman:
Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2012
95 points | $73 | 6,000 cases made | Red
Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. Delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won’t quit. Drink now through 2022.—H.S.
Shiraz McLaren Vale Lily’s Garden 2012
94 points | $73 | 1,750 cases made | Red
A beautiful expression of pure blackberry fruit on a gleaming frame, shaded with hints of mint, rose petal and wet stone aromatics, mingling seamlessly as the finish glides through the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2022.—H.S.
Shiraz Clare Valley Samantha’s Garden 2012
93 points | $73 | 600 cases made | Red
Sleek and seductive, polished to a gleam, with layers of black cherry, black tea and ripe pear. Comes together on a seamless, refined finish, revealing depth and approachability. Drink now through 2022.—H.S.
Shiraz Langhorne Creek Harry & Edward’s Garden 2012
92 points | $73 | 150 cases made | Red
Polished, expressive and juicy, with rose petal–inflected blackberry and black cherry flavors, gliding enticingly through a deep, long and elegant finish. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.
Shiraz Clare Valley Fields of Joy 2012
91 points | $60 | 1,000 cases made | Red
Dark and spicy, full-bodied and rich, with cherry and plum compote flavors, picking up spicy accents as the finish lingers generously. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.
Two Hands’ history dates back to 1999, and since its first vintage in 2000 the winery has consistently produced wines that are rated as among the very best in the world. But according to Twelftree, Two Hands has reached a new peak with its portfolio of 2012s.
“I get asked all the time about great vintages,” Twelftree said. “I think ’12 is without a doubt our best vintage to date. Climatically, it was a superb vintage. But what I love about all the ’12s is they’re so expressive, but they do it within such an elegant, light framework.”