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Wine Spectator: Twelftree, Two Hands Are Leaders in Aussie Diversification

A new Wine Spectator tasting report on Australia tells how Michael Twelftree and Two Hands Wines are leading a move beyond the country’s signature grape Shiraz to new varieties, styles and regions.

In her report in the July 30 issue of the magazine, MaryAnn Worobiec writes:

Following a trip to Burgundy, Twelftree was inspired to concentrate on single-vineyard Grenache under his Twelftree label, which debuted with the 2010 vintage. He emphasizes fruit purity by making the wines in a Burgundian style, using whole-cluster, wild yeast fermentation and aging the wine in larger barrels to minimize the oak influence.

Among the six distinctive Twelftree 2013 Grenache-based wines (all highlighting different subregions) included in this report, the standouts are the Grenache McLaren Vale Moritz Blewitt Springs (93, $67), brimming with black tea, smoke and huckleberry flavors, and the Grenache Barossa Valley Vinegrove Greenock (93, $67), showcasing white pepper, rose petal and raspberry notes.

And Worobiec later goes on to say:

Looking at the leaderboard of top-scoring wines, there are few surprises, with many of these wines and wineries performing well vintage in and vintage out. Among reds, there’s a trio of classic-scoring efforts from Two Hands: two Shirazes and a new single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the Clare Valley Mystic Block Single Vineyard Benbournie Road Armagh 2014 (95, $125), supple and polished, with chocolate and mint details to the generous fruit core.

The July 30 issue also includes a list of the scores for Australian wines tasted and reviewed by Worobiec in the past year. Here are the Twelftree and Two Hands wines on that list:

two hands twelftree list july 30 spectator

Click here to see the full report (subscription may be required).

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