Shiraz Barossa McLaren Vale South Australia
Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz established Two Hands with the aim of making the best possible Shiraz wines from fruit grown to good vineyards. Their intention was and still is to show the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional characteristics and allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the final wine. By working closely with growers and focusing on small batch handling, Two Hands are able to identify parcels of old Barossa vineyard Shiraz which can be assembled into an exceptional wine of salient varietal definition.
Gnarly Dudes is fashioned from fruit picked off mature sites in Barossa Valley’s western ranges. Individual parcels of Shiraz from distinguished Barossa vineyards are separately fermented in a mix of three, five, seven and ten tonnes open top vessels over the course of a fortnight, pumped over three times daily. Pressings are combined with the free run and settled for several days before filling to oak for completion of malolactic and several rackings. Matured in in aselection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels, puncheons and hogsheads for a year, batches are kept separate until assemblage.
Bright crimson, vibrant purple hues. Black cherry nose, blackberries and fresh lavender, dark chocolate pastry crusts. Vibrant palate, bright berry notes dance across the palate, medium to full bodied, richness of fruit balanced by bright refreshing acidity, tannins are prominent but seamless, red licorice finish, lavender and dark chocolate, creamy textures from lees contact.