For 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: