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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The March 31, 2016, issue of Wine Spectator is a big one for Two Hands Wines, with several outstanding new reviews appearing in the magazine:
96 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Coach House Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenock 2013
“Dense and expressive, packing black cherry, licorice, black tea and exotic spice flavors into a savory package, wrapped with a blanket of fine-grained tannins. Comes together harmoniously on the long finish. Best from 2018 through 2025.”–Harvey Steiman.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2013
“Supple and velvety, with generous flavors of plum, fresh currant and spice, hinting at coffee and cream as the finish lingers effortlessly against refined tannins. Has presence, harmony and persistence. The finish lasts and lasts. Best from 2017 through 2023.”- H.S.
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes 2014
“Polished, expressive and rich, with black cherry, dark plum and licorice flavors, merging smoothly against a glassy texture and chocolate notes on the long, sleek finish. Drink now through 2022.”- H.S.
90 points: Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale Sexy Beast 2014
“Dark and dense, with juicy blackberry and currant flavors on a generous frame. Polished tannins come together with a tea leaf note as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2022.”- H.S.
90 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Angels’ Share 2014
“Lithe and savory, with green tea and floral overtones to the lean core of blackberry and spice, playing against refined tannins as the finish lingers. Best from 2017 through 2022.”- H.S.
"Luscious, with generous, pure plum and black cherry flavors that melt away to showcase details of cinnamon, black licorice, violet and white pepper." — Maryann Worobiec
Just in from the Dec. 23, 2015, Wine Spectator Insider, the 2013 Bella’s Garden is officially a “Hot Wine”! Plus, two other great reviews: