Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
After a remarkable five years on the prestigious Wine Spectator Top 1OO, the Two Hands story has gone from strength to strength. The team are focused on injecting their wines with real identity, personality and charm. Gnarly Dudes is crafted without compromise from fruit grown to mature vineyards in the sub regions of Marananga, Greenock and Light Pass. The palate is filled with rich flavours of raspberries and black pepper spice, liquorice allsorts and plum. The finished wine is an unctuous Shiraz with striking dark colour and cryptic aromas.
The Two Hands winemaking team can demonstrate an innate capacity to capture the terroir of each vineyard and preserve the vital characteritics in every wine. A number of individual vineyard parcels are crushed into a mix of three and five, seven and ten tonnes open top vessels. Ferments are pumped over thrice daily throughout the peak of activity to extract optimal colour, flavours and tannin. Batches are pressed, the free runs and pressings are all returned and racked to barrel for completion of malolactic. Components are matured twelve months in a combination of seasoned and new French oak puncheons and hogsheads. All parts are kept separate and assembled just prior to bottling. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep red, black core. A nose of great finesse, beautiful array of lifted red fruits, including a touch of cranberry and soft jellies, subtle spice and graphite with subtle cedar and tobacco lying underneath. Highly evocative of Barossa Shiraz, a touch bolder on the palate, moving into more purple/ black berries spectrum. The fruit runs through the palate supported by fine tannins and subtle oak. Soft yet tight acid contributes great vitality and length.