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Terroirist on Two Hands: ‘Expertly Made and Delicious’

terroirist-logoIn a new post for the Terroirist, contributor Ian Baker says Two Hands “wines are all expertly made and delicious.” He goes on to offer notes and scores on several wines. Here are a few of his favorites:

2014 Two Hands Shiraz Lily’s Garden
93 points
Medium purple color. Aromatically rich but air and time coaxes out all sorts of nuance. Black cherry and blueberry fruit is lush and juicy, topped in notes of mint, dark chocolate, deep violets, potting soil, coffee and fruit cake. Obviously full-bodied, the tannins frame the wine nicely but the mouthfeel is velvety, medium-low acidity. Mouthfeel is absolutely gorgeous. Black cherry, blueberry sauce and plum cake, dark but suave fruit, backed up by notes of roasted chestnut, campfire pit, but also some lovely violet, rich earth and roasted herb notes. I get this really cool mix of beef bouillon and black pepper. Dark and bold and age-worthy but full of life and pretty elements, even at this young age. Aged 18 months in 6% new French oak.

2012 Two Hands Shiraz Ares – Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley
94+ points
Gorgeous, vibrant purple color. The purity and complexity of fruit aromas is really astounding: boysenberry, blueberry, black cherry, juicy summer plums, the fruit is so vibrant, but it’s mixed in with waves of coffee, sweet violets, sarsaparilla, mint, dark chocolate. Full-bodied on the palate, serious grip to the tannins, the acidity is a bit low for my liking but it still holds it together. This is a velvety, voluptuous wines that coats the palate without feeling too heavy (despite the 15.5% alcohol). Same complexity of juicy blue and black fruit abounds on the palate. Gorgeous fruit! Notes of anise, coffee, mint, violets, loamy soil, graphite, dark chocolate shavings — so much complexity to unpack here over the next decade but this is a beautiful young Ares. Aged 23 months in French oak (last year in all new).

2014 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
91 points
Medium purple color. Lots of inky fruit on the nose (blueberry, boysenberry, black cherry), needs more time to open up but shows roasted coffee, loamy soil, dark chocolate and graphite. Mouth-filling texture, still velvety tannins but a bit chewier than Lilly’s Garden, medium-low acidity. Black cherry and dark, concentrated blueberry extract coats the palate. Scorched earth, coffee, dark chocolate, pencil shavings, loads of complex elements, and underneath there’s a delicious black olive streak needs time to come out. This will get far more nuanced with five to six years and continue to be delicious for longer. Aged 18 months in French oak (16% new).

Check out the Terroirist, here, for the full piece and all the reviews.

Great New Reviews from Wine Advocate

Angels' Share and Gnarly Dudes are just a couple of the many Two Hands wines to receive 90+ scores.

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Bella’s Garden, 93 Points, Is ‘Daily Wine Pick’ by Wine Spectator

2014 Lily’s Garden ‘Highly Recommended,’ 94 Points in Wine Spectator; Plus Other Two Hands Reviews

"Notes of espresso and toasted hazelnut are rich and thick, with mocha-accented tannins that lend a velvety backdrop to the polished blackberry, licorice and black cherry flavors, lingering generously on the long finish."

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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:

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.

TWO HANDS
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.