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Owen Bargreen Declares Two Trees One of the Great Houses of the Barossa Valley

Owen Bargreen recently posted a comprehensive article about Two Trees. He wrote, “One of the great houses of the Barossa Valley, Two Hands relies the talented Michael Twelftree, one of Australia’s iconic makers of Shiraz. The story of Two Hands dates back to 1999 when founders Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz sat at a friend’s engagement party and decided it was time to make their own wine and be judged by the world. We are all so glad that they did.”

Bargreen also reviewed three wines from the Two Hands portfolio.

“2018 Two Hands ‘Gnarly Dudes’ Shiraz- Aged for twelve months in French oak (13% new), the 2018 Two Hands ‘Gnarly Dudes’ Shiraz shows lovely kirsch cordial and shades of strawberry puree that come together alongside the smoky and earthy undertones on this exotic nose. The palate is dense, showing off its plush mouthfeel. Ripe red berries collide with minerals and shades of lavender on the palate. The combination of weight and length is awesome here. Drink 2020-2027- 91

“2016 Two Hands ‘Hopes and Dreams’ Red Wine- The avenue that links the Two Hands winery to its vineyards is known as the Avenue of Hopes and Dreams, lined with 100 year old date palms. The wine is a blend of mostly Grenache and Shiraz, with small portions Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Dense, vibrant and simply marvelous, the 2016 ‘Hopes and Dreams’ reveals layers of black and blue fruits with creosote and damp stone undertones. This is a seriously good value that will cellar well for another decade. Drink 2020-2028- 92

“2018 Two Hands ‘Angels’ Share’ Shiraz- The 2018 ‘Angels’ Share’ by Two Hands is a seriously good new wine by their talented winemaking team. The nose shows deep dark fruits with shades of blueberry compote and espresso bean that all mingle in the glass. The brightness of the wine is lovely as the soft texture entices. Blueberry pie and black licorice flavors connect well with the lovely mouthfeel and long finish. Outstanding in its youth, the ‘Angels’ Share’ will provide drinking enjoyment over the next seven to ten years. Drink 2020-2028- 92

Click here to read the full article.




Two Hands Featured on the Grapes & Capes Podcast

Joey Casco of Grapes & Capes and The Wine Stalker featured Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Two Hands Angel’s Share Shiraz 2018, and Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018 on episode 2 of his podcast, Two Hands and Two Face.

Click here for the podcast link.

Grapes & Capes: Rave Review for Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018

Joey Casco of Grapes & Capes and The Wine Stalker gave Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018 a rave review and described it as “an awesome bottle and completely worth every cent.”

“This is 100% Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia, and the color of the wine is deeeeeeep dark purple. On the nose there’s the floral aromas of violets over plums, prunes, licorice, and chocolate. On the palate it’s medium bodied and kinda flat in mouthfeel with soft tannin and an acidity that doesn’t take over the show but brightens things up on the finish. There’s flavors of plums, blackberries, chocolate, and tarragon. Then it finishes with plums, root beer, and ethanol heat. “

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018 was also featured on The Wine Stalker’s Instagram page.












Jeb Dunnuck of Gives Impressive Scores Across the Two Hands Lineup




Wine Spectator Insider Chock-Full of Great Two Hands Reviews

Two Hands wines from the 2013 and 2014 vintages dominate the May 4, 2016, Wine Spectator Insider, with seven wines among the magazine editors’ “most exciting new wines.” Here are the reviews from MaryAnn Worobiec:

Shiraz Clare Valley Samantha’s Garden 2014
93 points
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. From Australia.—M.W.

Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley Aphrodite 2013
93 points
Generous and ripe, offering cherry cola and red licorice notes up front, giving way to black cherry and red plum flavors and accents of cardamon and toast. Fleshy and supple, with the tannins turning velvety on the long finish. Drink now through 2026.—M.W.

Grenache Barossa Valley Aerope 2013
93 points
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.

Shiraz McLaren Vale Dave’s Block Single Vineyard Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs 2014
93 points
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.

Shiraz Barossa Valley Coach House Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenock 2014
92 points
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.

Shiraz Heathcote Max’s Garden 2014
92 points
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.

Shiraz Padthaway Sophie’s Garden 2014
92 points
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.