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Two Hands Wines Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley 2016

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Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they've been in operation, it appears that they're living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia's powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia's best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. 100% Shiraz, grapes were crushed into and fermented in five, seven and 10 tonne open fermenters. The average time on skins was 16 days. The wine aged for 12 months in 6% new French puncheons and hogsheads and the remainder in one to six year old French and American oak. The final blend was unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling. The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points and Wine Spectator just scored this 92 points saying "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 2027.

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Two Hands Wines Pty Ltd:
The 'two hands' are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible shiraz based wines from prized shiraz producing regions within Australia. Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was f... Read more
The 'two hands' are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible shiraz based wines from prized shiraz producing regions within Australia. Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was formerly CEO of one of Australia's leading cooperages in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. With Twelftree’s contacts and wine savvy approach and Mintz’s management skills and business acumen, the two old friends decided to make some wine together. In 2000 they started with just 17 tonnes of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad with a healthy stream of reviews, culminating in 2004 with Robert M. Parker pronouncing Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator". The heart of the operation is based in the Barossa Valley; the cellar door and winery are located in the sub district of Marananga. Opened in December 2003, the cellar door is already regarded as one of the highlights of the region with its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels of fruit. Since the winery opened, Two Hands sucess has gone from strength to strength with numerous accolades defining the culture of the organisation. Two Hands Wines were listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for the last five years with two listings in the top 10, most recently the 2005 Bella's Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz at #5 and The Ares voted one of the 25 Benchmark Wines of Australia. Consistent 90+ reviews from Robert Parker Jnr's Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, James Halliday's Wine Companion, Wine Spectator and the UK Decanter magazine is further testament to the company's ability to capture the terroir of each vineyard and carefully nurture the characteristics of each parcel. Two Hands continues to extend its distribution around the world, branching out from the Australian domestic and United States of America markets to now include the export markets of the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the European Union. Two Hands Wines are eagerly awaited, the markets and consumers demonstrating a thirst for top end Australian wine, in particular shiraz from South Australian wine regions. Read less

Member Reviews for Two Hands Wines Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley

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Snooth User: Liandra160
1504952167
4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 06/16/2015

Four glasses


Snooth User: Liandra160
1504952167
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/25/2016

Three glasses


Snooth User: Serg  Lyashenko
113588963
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/20/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: squirrel789
10661338
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 06/11/2012

Solid red fruit, with some significant oak and a hint of spice. A great example of a big, thick, chewy Australian red. Inky, like most of Two Hands offerings, and mostly jammy fruit upfront with some slight complexity on the finish. I really liked it, but I am a sucker for this big fruit style. The Two Hands Garden series made me love big reds! Great producer!


Snooth User: Karmyk
1418254104
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/04/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/13/2011

Tart Fruit, earthy and grainy, harsh tannins.


Snooth User: Jason Knish
85673437
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/11/2011

The 2009 Gnarly Dudes is an absolute stunner. Huge aroma's of black currants, blueberries and dark plums tickle the senses in preparation for the gobs of delicious black fruit that coat the pallet. This wine has lovely balance, the tannins are fine grained but provide a nice structural base, the alcohol is not overly cloying but is very much present and able to provide a full bodied mouth-feel. Enjoy this with some BBQ or chili for a lovely outdoor summer experience!


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12/07/2017

Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they've been in operation, it appears that they're living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia's powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia's best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. 100% Shiraz, grapes were crushed into and fermented in five, seven and 10 tonne open fermenters. The average time on skins was 16 days. The wine aged for 12 months in 6% new French puncheons and hogsheads and the remainder in one to six year old French and American oak. The final blend was unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling. The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points and Wine Spectator just scored this 92 points saying "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 2027.


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Vintage: 2015 05/03/2017

Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they've been in operation, it appears that they're living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia's powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia's best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. 100% Shiraz, grapes were crushed into and fermented in five, seven and 10 tonne open fermenters. The average time on skins was 16 days. The wine aged for 12 months in 6% new French puncheons and hogsheads and the remainder in one to six year old French and American oak. The final blend was unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling. The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points and Wine Spectator just scored this 92 points saying "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.


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Vintage: 2014 07/21/2016

Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they’ve been in operation, it appears that they’re living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia’s powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia’s best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion scored this 94 points and Vinous scored it 91 saying "Bright violet color. Expansive scents of blueberry, cherry compote, pipe tobacco and licorice, with a peppery nuance adding urgency. Sappy and appealingly sweet, offering plush black and blue fruit flavors lifted and brightened by a spine of juicy acidity. Fleshy and concentrated but energetic as well, with velvety tannins shaping the long, dark fruit-driven finish.


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Vintage: 2013 09/24/2015

Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they’ve been in operation, it appears that they’re living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia’s powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia’s best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion scored this 95 points saying "Two Hands' wines are always perfectly groomed, and abounding with all things nice, yet not to the extent of obscuring the sense of place; here delicious black cherry/plum/blackberry fruit is wrapped in a coat of high quality dark chocolate, tannins and oak almost incidental.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

Bright purple. Ripe, highly perfumed aromas of blueberry, cassis, smoky minerals and violet. Plush and sweet but focused, with a silken texture to its dark fruit and floral pastille flavors. Youthfully taut but promising, finishing with very good lift, soft tannins and lingering floral and spice notes.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

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.


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Vintage: 2012 12/12/2014

"Quality without compromise" is the motto of the Two Hands winery and by the incredible response their wines have gotten in the few years they’ve been in operation, it appears that they’re living up to it. Raves from the likes of Harvey Steiman who said "Two Hands has become one of Australia’s powerhouse producers." and Robert Parker who said "These fairly priced, brilliant offerings are full of character and personality." Grapes are sourced from South Australia’s best growing regions as in the case of this Shiraz, all from the McLaren Vale. James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion scored this 94 points and Wine Spectator scored it 92 points saying "Dark and dense in color, opening a bit in texture, with grippy tannins wound around a solid core of blackberry and red plum flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2020." On Sale!


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