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Love for the 2012 Sexy Beast

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The great reviews of the 2012 Two Hands wines just keep rolling in. The latest: A rave and a 93-point score from the Wine Spectator for the 2012 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here’s the review from the magazine’s man on Australia, Harvey Steiman, in the brand new Wine Spectator Advance (the review will be appear in the Mach 31 issue of the magazine):

advance93 Points
Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale Sexy Beast 2012 • $40
Ripe, round and generous, with raspberry and black cherry fruit at the core, shaded by spicy, toasty, herbal nuances. This has depth and presence, and the finish doesn’t quit. Drink now through 2022. 4,500 cases made.—H.S.

In his own tasting of the wine, Two Hands’ Michael Twelftree lends his insights into what makes this Cabernet from McLaren Vale special, and why he thinks it will be “phenomenally long-lived.” Check it out:

Spectator ‘Picks’ 2012 Gnarly Dudes

SONY DSCFor the second time in less than a week, Two Hands has a pick of the day from the Wine Spectator. Earlier it was the Grenache-based blend Brave Faces; now it’s Gnarly Dudes, the Picture Series Shiraz from the Barossa Valley.

Once again, this is a wine from the 2012 vintage – critics are agreeing with Two Hands Proprietor Michael Twelftree that this harvest yielded spectacular wines from Two Hands.

Here’s the 91-point review of the 2012 Gnarly Dudes from the Spectator’s Harvey Steiman:

Jan. 27, 2014: TWO HANDS Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes 2012 (91 points, $40)

Dark and brooding, with blackberry, cherry and gentle spice flavors unfolding on the smooth, meaty frame. The finish persists against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. — Harvey Steiman

You can learn more about this great Gnarly Dudes in the short video tasting below with Michael Twelftree. As Michael explains, Gnarly Dudes is a close cousin of the winery’s famous Bella’s Garden Shiraz, coming from the same great Barossa vineyards. “This is really the declassified Bella’s Garden barrels,” Michael says. “We go through and taste every barrel in the winery. The barrels that B to B+ go to Gnarly Dudes and the A to A- barrels all go to Bella’s Garden.” Here’s Michael’s tasting of the wine:

2012 Two Hands Brave Faces: A Spectator Pick

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It’s a fairly small part of the portfolio, and the blend has only a dash of Shiraz. So you might be surprised to hear Michael Twelftree say that Brave Faces “is, in all honestly, mostly the Two Hands wine that I drink most.”

But Twelftree isn’t the only one who loves this Grenache-based wine. Wine Spectator’s Harvey Steiman has named the 2012 Brave Faces a Daily Pick. Here’s Steiman’s review of the wine, which received a 92-point rating:

Jan. 22, 2014: TWO HANDS Brave Faces Barossa Valley 2012 (92 points, $40)

A crisp, vibrant and impressive red, offering focused blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in fine tannins and finishing with floral and white pepper notes. The finish persists. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Curious to learn more about the 2012 Brave Faces? Here’s Michael with a recent tasting of the wine, from what he calls a “stunning vintage,” the best in the winery’s history.

The 2012 Dude Abides

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Gnarly Dudes is a classic Barossa Valley Shiraz and a consistent performer, year in year out. Here’s Harvey Steiman with a review of the latest vintage, from the Jan. 15, 2014, issue of the Wine Spectator:

91 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes 2012 $40 Dark and brooding, with blackberry, cherry and gentle spice flavors unfolding on the smooth, meaty frame. The finish persists against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. —H.S.

Before 2013 Uncorks, A 2012 Assessment

The 2013 vintage is beginning to unfold in Australia, but before we plunge into that maelstrom of activity, we’ve got a special treat – a look back at 2012. This was actually a fairly orderly vintage, according to Two Hands Wines proprietor Michael Twelftree, characterized by excellent weather and steady ripening of the grapes. “The winery was never under pressure,” Twelftree says, and in the end, “2012 was a great vintage.” Learn more about why in this video from the Barossa.