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Vinous Reviews Two Hands

vinousVinous Media is out with a big Australia report from Josh Raynolds, who says the country is making “some truly exciting wines that can rival the best in the world for their respective varieties and styles.” And among the top producers: Two Hands Wines. Here are some of Josh’s reviews:

94 pts Two Hands 2012 Aphrodite Cabernet Sauvignon
Inky ruby. Deeply pitched cassis, cherry liqueur and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a suave floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but vibrant as well, showing excellent focus and thrust to its dark berry and rose pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and vivacity and shows absolutely no rough edges. Finishes on a smoky note, with superb tenacity, lingering floral character and supple, fully absorbed tannins.

94 pts Two Hands 2012 Aerope Grenache
Ruby-red. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied rose scents pick up spice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, with juicy acidity and an exotic star anise nuance providing energy and lift. Sneaky, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an extremely long, focused, floral finish.

93 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Barney’s Block Single Vineyard McMurtrie Road
Glass-staining purple. Heady aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, candied violet and smoky minerals, with a cola note building in the glass. Very sweet, broad and velvety, offering palate-coating black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Smooth tannins sneak up steadily on a very long, sappy finish that leaves notes of blackberry preserves and vanilla behind.

93 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Sophie’s Garden
Brilliant purple. Heady, smoke-accented blue fruit, incense, licorice and floral aromas on the exotically perfumed nose. Supple, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry, blackberry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight and spread out with aeration. Decidedly rich but energetic as well, showing a spherical quality and seamless texture. Velvety tannins give shape and grip to an impressively long, floral finish, with the blue fruit note strongly repeating.

93 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Bella’s Garden
Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of Indian spices and smoky minerals. Sappy and deeply concentrated, conveying strong lift to its red and dark berry and spicecake flavors. The floral and mineral notes comes back emphatically on the penetrating finish, which features smooth, slowly building tannins and lingering spiciness.

92 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Lily’s Garden
Vivid purple. Suave smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied licorice and spicecake, with a floral pastille nuance building in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors plus suggestions of star anise and vanilla. The blue fruit and floral notes repeat strongly on a long, juicy finish framed by harmonious tannins.

92 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Harry & Edward’s Garden
Bright violet color. A complex bouquet evokes ripe blackcurrant, cherry pit and violet, with licorice and dark chocolate notes coming up with air. Fleshy dark berry, bitter chocolate and succulent herb flavors become sweeter and deeper on the back half while maintaining their verve. Finishes on a smoky note, with velvety tannins adding shape and grip to the persistent, dark fruit-driven finish.

93 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Samantha’s Garden
Deep ruby. Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, cola and violet, with suggestions of woodsmoke and allspice in the background. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated, lively cherry and black raspberry flavors that become spicier with air. Sappy, focused and lithe, showing no excess fat. Closes with supple tannins, excellent persistence and an emphatic echo of sweet red fruit.

92 pts Two Hands 2013 Shiraz Max’s Garden
Inky ruby. Deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur, licorice and mocha scents, with a smoky topnote building with air. Broad, concentrated and chewy, offering ripe blackcurrant and plum flavors with suggestions of bitter chocolate and vanilla. This brawny but surprisingly vibrant Shiraz finishes with strong thrust and smooth, slow-building tannins that fold quickly into the wine’s concentrated dark fruit.

91 pts Two Hands 2013 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz
Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, candied licorice, violet and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral note adding complexity. Broad, fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering intense, deep blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors and a refreshing snap of juicy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes very long, spicy and gently tannic, leaving a sweet dark fruit note behind.

91 pts Two Hands 2013 Angels Share Shiraz
Bright violet color. Expansive scents of blueberry, cherry compote, pipe tobacco and licorice, with a peppery nuance adding urgency. Sappy and appealingly sweet, offering plush black and blue fruit flavors lifted and brightened by a spine of juicy acidity. Fleshy and concentrated but energetic as well, with velvety tannins shaping the long, dark fruit-driven finish.

92 pts Two Hands 2013 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant ruby. Potent blackcurrant, licorice and pipe tobacco scents are complicated by suggestions of cedary oak and minerals. Weighty and sweet in the mouth, offering broad black and blue fruit flavors that become livelier and pick up a floral nuance with aeration. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on the very long, energetic finish, with the floral and blue fruit notes echoing.

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