2014 Lily’s Garden ‘Highly Recommended,’ 94 Points in Wine Spectator; Plus Other Two Hands Reviews
The July 30 issue of Wine Spectator, in a tasting report on Australia, gives the 2014 Lily’s Garden Shiraz 94 points and lists it as “Highly Recommended.” Here’s the review from MaryAnn Worobiec, along with the other Two Hands reviews in the report.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Lily’s Garden 2014 — Highly Recommended
Notes of espresso and toasted hazelnut are rich and thick, with mocha-accented tannins that lend a velvety backdrop to the polished blackberry, licorice and black cherry flavors, lingering generously on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.—MaryAnn Worobiec
95 points: Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley Mystic Block Single Vineyard Benbournie Road Armagh 2014
Supple and polished, with chocolate-covered mint, kirsch and amaretto flavors that are ripe, generous and plush, accented by licorice, clove and black tea hints. Expansive and broad on the finish, but always returning to the black cherry core. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
95 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley-McLaren Vale Ares 2013
A powerful, bold and broad wine, offering sandalwood, smoke and black licorice aromas that weave in and out of the blackberry, kirsch and plum flavors. For all of the presence, there’s also elegance and refinement, with velvety tannins and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Secret Block Single Vineyard Wildlife Road Moppa Hills 2014
Dense and dark, with white pepper, coffee and black olive flavors surrounding a core of brambly wild blackberry. Despite the intensity of the flavors, the tannins are plush and supple. The finish lingers effortlessly and elegantly. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz Clare Valley Heartbreak Hill Single Vineyard Roach Road White Hut 2014
Pure and deep, with dark chocolate, ripe plum and black cherry flavors, accented by hints of mineral, Earl Grey tea and tobacco. For all the torque and power here, this shows plenty of restraint, finishing harmoniously. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz Eden Valley Yacca Block Single Vineyard Mengler Hill Road 2014
Distinctive, offering dense, fleshy tannins and accents of anise, candied ginger and black walnut. The tannins fan out, gaining traction, with blackberry and tobacco leaf notes lingering on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
93 points: Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley Aphrodite 2013
Generous and ripe, offering cherry cola and red licorice notes up front, giving way to black cherry and red plum flavors and accents of cardamom and toast. Fleshy and supple, with the tannins turning velvety on the long finish. Drink now through 2026.—M.W
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2014
Aromatic, with a touch of dried rose petal and white pepper up front, giving way to a smooth and supple blend of black tea, cherry and huckleberry flavors. Touches of vanilla and spice show on the finish, with the tannins developing a slight chew on the finish. Drink now through 2026.—M.W.
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Clare Valley Samantha’s Garden 2014
Elegant, spicy and rich, with walnut bread, toffee and fennel notes that are polished and refined, with blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors. Really takes off on the finish, where everything sings in harmony. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Dave’s Block Single Vineyard Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs 2014
Dense but never heavy, packed with polished flavors of cinnamon, maraschino cherry, raspberry and forest floor. A dusty sage note lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
93 points: Two Hands Grenache Barossa Valley Aerope 2013
Richly aromatic, with walnut bread, plum compote and white pepper accents that are intense, supported by velvety tannins. Shows plenty of power and finesse as the flavors mingle harmoniously on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Coach House Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenock 2014
Supple and creamy, with broad, ripe, fleshy plum and cherry flavors, accented by notes of baking spices, cigar box and toast. Details of cola and milk chocolate appear on the finish. Drink now through 2026.—M.W.
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz Heathcote Max’s Garden 2014
Juicy and bold, offering plenty of plum jam and wild blueberry flavors, with toasted rye bread and white pepper accents leading to a robust, intense finish. The tannins are fine-grained, providing a little grip. Drink now through 2027.—M.W.
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz Padthaway Sophie’s Garden 2014
Expressive and nuanced, with peppery, savory accents to the blackberry and plum jam notes, bolstered by fig and tobacco hints. The tight, muscular tannins provide plenty of backbone. Drink now through 2026.—M.W.