“I think we haven’t ever spoken about sub-regionality or regionality, we haven’t talked about certain grape varietals other than Shiraz, Shiraz, and Shiraz…And we just keep telling the same story. But I think now we’re starting to get out and hopefully rebuild a story that’s going to [change that].”
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Wine Spectator leads its latest “WS Collecting” newsletter with the 2014 Lily’s Garden, the McLaren Vale Shiraz that earned a 94-point score from the magazine and a “Highly Recommended” designation.
WS Collecting is a free newsletter that features a new cellar-worthy wine pick in each biweekly e-mail, plus expert tips on collecting, auctions, storage and cellar design. Visit the Wine Spectator newsletter page for more information.
A new Wine Spectator tasting report on Australia tells how Michael Twelftree and Two Hands Wines are leading a move beyond the country’s signature grape Shiraz to new varieties, styles and regions.
In her report in the July 30 issue of the magazine, MaryAnn Worobiec writes:
Following a trip to Burgundy, Twelftree was inspired to concentrate on single-vineyard Grenache under his Twelftree label, which debuted with the 2010 vintage. He emphasizes fruit purity by making the wines in a Burgundian style, using whole-cluster, wild yeast fermentation and aging the wine in larger barrels to minimize the oak influence.
Among the six distinctive Twelftree 2013 Grenache-based wines (all highlighting different subregions) included in this report, the standouts are the Grenache McLaren Vale Moritz Blewitt Springs (93, $67), brimming with black tea, smoke and huckleberry flavors, and the Grenache Barossa Valley Vinegrove Greenock (93, $67), showcasing white pepper, rose petal and raspberry notes.
And Worobiec later goes on to say:
Looking at the leaderboard of top-scoring wines, there are few surprises, with many of these wines and wineries performing well vintage in and vintage out. Among reds, there’s a trio of classic-scoring efforts from Two Hands: two Shirazes and a new single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the Clare Valley Mystic Block Single Vineyard Benbournie Road Armagh 2014 (95, $125), supple and polished, with chocolate and mint details to the generous fruit core.
The July 30 issue also includes a list of the scores for Australian wines tasted and reviewed by Worobiec in the past year. Here are the Twelftree and Two Hands wines on that list:
Click here to see the full report (subscription may be required).