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Posts from the ‘Shiraz’ Category

Gnarly Dudes Through The Years

Gnarly Dudes is named for the old Barossa Valley vines that stand around all lifetime long looking like soldiers ready to be led into battle. Year in and year out they throw a crop of beautiful fruit that is tamed and put into the bottle. Here, Michael Twelftree explores the wine across several vintages, reaching all the way back to 2003.

Regional Focus: Heathcote and Max’s Garden


Two Hands Wines ranges far to capture the remarkable diversity of Australian Shiraz, and no farther than Heathcote, source for Max’s Garden Shiraz. It’s the winery’s lone Garden Series wine from outside South Australia and while it requires a plane trip and a long car ride to get to the vineyard, Heathcote’s unique regional character allows Max’s to stand apart from its Garden Series brethren. “A lot of the wines we have made over the journey have been full power, more robust, and then we have this lovely little thing in the corner that is just so delightful,” Proprietor Michael Twelftree says. In this video, Michael shares his enthusiasm for Heathcote, the winery’s longtime vineyard partners in the region, and what he calls “the most elegant wine in the Garden Series portfolio.”

Regional Focus: The Vale

“Natural conditions for the vine could hardly be better than in this coastal zone.” So write Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, describing McLaren Vale in their definitive World Atlas of Wine.


For Two Hands, Shiraz from the region contributes to the Flagship wine Ares and makes up Angels’ Share in the Picture Series. The winery also uses Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale to make Sexy Beast. But perhaps nothing captures McLaren Vale like Lily’s Garden, which Michael Twelftree in this video feature calls the winery’s “most powerful” Shiraz:

2005 Ares Shiraz: ‘One I’ll Never Forget’

How to make Dad happy at Christmas? The New Hampshire Wine-man, blogger Dennis Tsiorbas, says a 2005 Two Hands Ares, given to him by his son a couple of years ago and enjoyed this holiday season, did the trick very nicely. He rates the wine 97 points and writes:

Full bodied (I don’t describe many wines as full bodied), Ares is a “hedonistic” wine, voluptuous, and a real contender to the big cult Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The acidity busts through any lingering fat and refreshes without annoyance, the tannin is smooth, rich, and pleasantly persistent in layers.

Flavors reflect the aroma with black licorice, but is visited by an acceleration of an unrelenting bourbon-like heat (15.9% alcohol) into a remarkably long finish that adds spice and eucalyptus.
Christmas gift? Yes, this is a special wine gift (One I’ll never forget), and if you can’t find the 2005, which still has time to cellar, try another vintage.

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Bella’s Cracks Spectator Top Ten, Again!

The 2010 Bella’s Garden was just announced as the No. 3 Wine in the Wine Spectator Top 100! This now marks the 10th consecutive year that Two Hands has made the list. No other winery in the world has ever accomplished that feat; that is a true testament of “Quality Without Compromise”!