Josh Raynolds covers the “Best New Releases From Australia” in the July 2012 issue of International Wine Cellar, including these Two Hands wines:
2009 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Ares Barossa Valley
95 Glass-staining purple. Sexy aromas of cassis, candied licorice, cracked pepper and smoky, vanillin oak, along with notes of allspice and violet. Sweet, sappy and penetrating, offering intense dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Dense but seamless and energetic, finishing with superb clarity and thrust.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Coach House Block Barossa Valley
95 Opaque purple. Explosive, spice-accented aromas of dark berry compote, sandalwood, potpourri and cola. Deep, palate-staining blueberry and mulberry flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and pick up smokiness and a candied violet quality with air. Velvety tannins add shape to an impressively long, sappy finish that features intense black and blue fruit.
2010 Two Hands Wines Grenache Aerope Barossa Valley
94 Bright ruby-red. Seductive aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral topnote. Powerful red and dark berry flavors are enlivened by zesty acidity and complicated by candied flowers and anise. Expands with air, picking up cherry and spicecake qualities that carry through a sweet, lively and seamless finish.
2010 Two Hands Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Aphrodite Barossa Valley
94 Dark purple. Cassis, cherry, lavender and smoky oak on the explosively perfumed nose. Very sweet, deeply pitched flavors of dark berry preserves, bitter chocolate and licorice, given shape and liveliness by sappy, harmonious acids. Broad, lush and full but also shows superb energy, finishing long, focused and sweet, with fine-grained tannins and alluring florality.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Barney’s Block McLaren Vale
94 Dark purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berries, cherry compote and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and boysenberry flavors show excellent intensity and pick up an exotic floral nuance with air. Closes with superb energy and focus, leaving sweet dark fruit notes behind.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Zippy’s Block Barossa Valley
94 Inky purple. A highly complex bouquet evokes candied dark berries, Indian spices, olive and smoked meat, with a bright overlay of candied flowers. Lush, palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive power and energy, with peppery spices adding bite. Finishes sweet and very long, with resonating florality and spiciness.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Bella’s Garden Barossa
93 Glass-staining purple. Intense aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense and violets. Lush, palate-coating blueberry and cassis flavors show both power and verve, with peppery spices adding bite. Finishes sweet, floral and very long, with impressive precision.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Harry & Edward’s Garden Langhorne Creek
93 Saturated ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, licorice and potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Then sweet, juicy and fine-grained, with intense dark fruit flavors complicated by mineral and floral pastille nuances. Bright acidity gives cut and lift to a very long, clinging finish.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Max’s Garden Heathcote
93 Glass-staining ruby. Cassis, anise, Indian spices and woodsmoke on the intensely perfumed nose. Supple on entry, then sappy and vibrant in the middle, with sharply delineated flavors of boysenberry and bitter cherry. Shows very good energy on the clinging finish, which features gently chewy tannins and a touch of spicecake.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Samantha’s Garden Clare Valley
92 Dark purple. Intensely fruity and primary on the nose, presenting aromas of candied red and dark berries, Indian spices and violet. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry and floral pastille flavors become spicier with air and pick up a subtle licorice note. Finishes spicy and long, with excellent clarity and lingering dark berry notes.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Sophie’s Garden Padthaway
92 Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, candied licorice, black pepper and toasty oak, along with notes of lavender and mocha. Sweet, pliant and expansive, offering intense dark berry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier with air. Dense but lithe, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Lily’s Garden McLaren Vale
92 Opaque purple. Alluring aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, star anise and violets. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with a candied dark fruit quality and mounting florality. Finishes broad, juicy and sweet, with excellent finishing power and lingering spiciness.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro Brave Faces Barossa Valley
91 (a 70/15/15 blend): Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries and cherry are complicated by lavender, mocha and clove. Pliant red fruit flavors display very good energy and pick up weight and structure with air. Supple tannins lend shape to the finish, which features sexy floral and spicecake qualities.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Angels Share McLaren Vale
91 Youthful purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of cherry-vanilla and blackberry brightened by zesty minerality and a subtle cola quality. Lively dark fruits on the palate, with cola and licorice nuances emerging with air. A hefty but energetic shiraz, finishing with excellent persistence and a late-arriving jolt of peppery spices.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley
91 Vivid purple. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, licorice and cola, with a strong overlay of exotic spices and vanilla. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and blueberry flavors show no rough edges and become smokier with air. Clings nicely on the finish, which strongly echoes the licorice and blue fruit notes.
2011 Two Hands Wines Riesling The Wolf Clare Valley
90 Light, bright straw. Lemon, pear and quinine on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Dry, nervy and precise, with good clarity and cut, picking up a floral nuance with air. Finishes firm and dry, with very good energy and lingering spiciness.
2010 Two Hands Wines Grenache Yesterday’s Hero Barossa Valley
90 Bright red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, sassafras, licorice and flowers. Juicy, focused and taut, with a spicy element to its flavors of fresh cherry and tangy berries. Shows very good energy in the mouth, with a silken texture and sneaky spiciness. Finishes with notes of candied rose and berry skin, and good, nervy cut.
2010 Two Hands Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast McLaren Vale
90 Deep ruby. Blackcurrant and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of anise, black tea and pipe tobacco. Smooth and sweet in the mouth, with concentrated dark berry and bitter cherry flavors showing very good clarity. Closes firm and bright, with supple tannins giving shape to the sappy finish.
2010 Two Hands Wines Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon The Bull and Bear Barossa Valley
90 Deep ruby. Pungent dark fruits and herbs on the nose, with exotic floral and star anise qualities adding complexity. Densely packed but light on its feet, offering intense cherry and cassis flavors and a jolt of peppery spices. Carries no excess fat and finishes with very good clarity and clinging florality.
2011 Two Hands Wines Moscato Brilliant Disguise Barossa Valley (500 ml)
90 (8% alcohol): Light yellow. Fresh nectarine and melon on the fragrant, spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Juicy, palate-coating honeydew and pit fruit flavors are given lift by a bright lemon zest nuance and show very good clarity. Closes spicy and long, with lingering melon and floral qualities.