Featured in the December 6th issue Wine Spectator Insider, MaryAnn Worobiec awarded Two Hands with two outstanding scores:
93 points: Two Hands 2016 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Barossa Valley
“Gorgeous purity and silky tannins set the stage for kirsch, blueberry syrup, white chocolate and espresso flavors. Complex and generous, with an epic finish, where the harmonious flavors linger. Drink through 2030.”
92 points: Two Hands 2016 Angels’ Share Shiraz McLaren Vale
“Rich and fleshy, with ripe and round plum and cherry flavors, offering hints of cola, sage and green tea that linger on the finish. A fresh, juicy quality keeps everything in focus. Drink now through 2017.”
Wine Spectator Insider, Two Hands earns eleven 92+ point ratings and stunning reviews from MaryAnn Worobiec:
95 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Secret Block Single Vineyard Wildlife Road Moppa Hills 2015
“Concentrated and powerful, plump and velvety, with rich gingerbread and black walnut overtones to the core of dark fruit flavors. A whiff of briny black olive lends a savory side. Shows plenty of power on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.”
95 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Wazza’s Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road 2015
“Expressive, powerful and distinctive, with plenty of torque to the smoky overtones of sandalwood, white pepper and black walnut. Offers huckleberry and blueberry flavors at the core. Finds tremendous presence and harmony on the finish. Drink now through 2030.”
94 points: Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley Aphrodite 2014
“Powerful and bold, with wave after wave of flavor, from the initial cassis and huckleberry notes to the creamy vanilla, milk chocolate and dried mint elements. Everything comes together on a harmonious, intense finish. The tannins never get in the way. Drink now through 2030.”
93 points: Two Hands Grenache Barossa Valley Aerope 2014
“Plush raspberry coulis, marzipan, black cherry and kirsch flavors and pure, juicy and ripe, with accents of cinnamon, clove, milk chocolate and toasted rye bread. Generous and expressive, especially on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.”
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Ares 2014
“Massive, dense and concentrated, with espresso, dark chocolate and dried herb flavors that work with the wall of dense tannins and the concentrated flavors of cassis and blackberry. Remains tight, with gravelly tannins on the finish, showing glimpses of a terrific wine that needs time to unwind. Best after 2020.”
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2015
“Dark and dense, with blackberry- and licorice- scented plum flavors, accented by details of espresso, cacao, sage and clay. A distinctive juicy thread runs through the core. Firm finish. Drink now through 2030.”
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Coach House Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenock 2015
“Plush, with juicy, chocolate-covered cherry, plum compote and cumin accents set on a thick frame. Earl Grey tea and sarsaparilla notes crescendo on the finish, leaving a spicy detail lingering. Drink now through 2030.”
93 points: Shiraz Barossa Valley Holy Grail Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road 2015
“Firm and dense, with a thread of minerality running through the dried cherry and cranberry flavors. Aromatic details of ginger, chai tea and toast linger on the finish. Ends on a juicy note. Drink now through 2030.”
92 points: Two Hands Brave Faces Barossa Valley 2015
“The black licorice, anise and black tea notes are effusive, adding complexity to the core of blueberry and wild blackberry flavors. Detailed, juicy and bright, with a touch of sage lingering. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Shiraz. Drink now through 2030.”
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz Clare Valley Samantha’s Garden 2015
“Rich and polished, featuring fleshy tannins and a thick blend of cherry, wild blackberry and plum notes at the core. Espresso and baking spice details gain momentum on the finish, with accents of roasted herbs lingering. Drink now through 2027.”
92 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Angels’ Share 2015
“Thick and lush, offering indulgent flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, marzipan, vanilla and blackberry syrup. Stylish and harmonious, with velvety tannins and spicy accents that linger on the impressive finish. Drink now through 2027.”
Wine Spectator Insider, Two Hands earns four 93+ point ratings for its outstanding 2015 vintage:
95 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Dave’s Block Single Vineyard Blythmans Road Blewitt Springs (pre-sale only)
“Incredibly expansive, starting with a pure note of black cherry flavors, building momentum as details of Earl Grey tea, sandalwood, anise and dark chocolate grow. Velvety tannins provide a terrific backbone for the flavors as they linger. Drink now through 2030.”- MaryAnn Worobiec.
94 points: Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Lily’s Garden 2015
“Exuberant, this bursts with clove, toasted coconut and dark chocolate flavors that are thick and velvety, complementing the kirsch notes at the core. A hint of fresh mint adds complexity. Generous, with a finish that goes on and on. Drink now through 2027.”- MaryAnn Worobiec.
93 points: Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale Sexy Beast 2015
“Impressive, with a plush, seductive and succulent body, offering sink-your-teeth-into-them flavors and black cherry, blackberry and plum, accented by details of dark chocolate, rose petal and savory. Drink now through 2025.”- MaryAnn Worobiec.
93 points: Two Hands Shiraz Heathcote Max’s Garden 2015 (pre-sale only)
“Features an appealing savory edge to the black olive, blackberry and cherry flavors at the core, with muscular tannins providing appealing grip to the red licorice and spice notes that take over on the finish. Drink now through 2027.”- MaryAnn Worobiec.
In 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
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
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
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.