Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Barossa South Australia
From the very beginning, Two Hands have been very well received by a healthy stream of accolades. Notable reviewer Robert M. Parker anointed Two Hands as the finest negociant operation south of the equator. Grenache, Mourverdre and Shiraz, Barossa through and through. Buoyant raspberry, red cherry characters with a restrained savoury palate, grainy tannins and delicately integrated oak. A serious food wine that shows what a wonderful marriage these three varietals make judiciously balanced with harmony in mind.
Batches are de stemmed and crushed into open top fermenters, a portion are added as whole bunches, Shiraz is pumped over three times daily through the peak of ferments, Grenache and Mourvèdre are cold soaked and lightly plunged. Components spend a fortnight on skins, all pressings are rack and returned to the free run, some barrels are treated to extended lees contact. Batches are filled to a selection of older French oak foudre, hogsheads and puncheons for a year's maturation.
Bright red colour. Bright raspberry bouquet, dark cherrie and rose petal, jelly crystals and the sweet savouryness of deli meats. Bright and vibrant on the palate, jellied fruits, cherry drops and strawberries cream, rose water notes, a lovely interplay of creamy/ leesy textures, the gentle, chalky tannins run the length of palate, finishing with hints of white pepper, aromatic cedar oak and hints of smoked meats.