Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
A deep black core with a red edge in the glass. Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache bursts forth with complex aromas of mint, herb, cedar, fresh cherries, lavender, potpourri, warm oil, smoke and wet bark. The palate starts very brooding with layers across the palate of juicy and generous fruits. There is a cut and sway of ripe fruits that rebound in the late palate with the defined Mataro notes adding length and direction. This is drinking beautifully now and will match all cuisines at the table.
Australian Wine Companion - "Youthful purple-crimson; the bouquet is aromatic, with a display of predominantly red fruits, but plum and spice also make their mark; the delicious palate is fresh and lively, with perfectly ripe fruit flavours; why is it that so many of these blends are 15.5%?"
Wine Spectator - "Firm, with a strong peppery character that plays against the dark currant and blueberry flavors, persisting into a beautifully focused, tightly framed finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Best from 2014 through 2019."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries and cherry are complicated by lavender, mocha and clove. Pliant red fruit flavors display very good energy and pick up weight and structure with air. Supple tannins lend shape to the finish, which features sexy floral and spicecake qualities."
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Two Hands Wines Winery
Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. Their aim was, and still is, to produce the best possible wines from prized Shiraz growng regions throughout Australia. "Quality without compromise" is a core value that drives all decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. Winemaker Matt Wenk has been with Two Hands since 2002 and, together with Michael Twelftree, oversees every aspect of the winemaking process. Their flagship Shiraz, Ares, represents the very best parcels in each vintage and is sselected through an intense barrel classification process. This blend of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz displays the incredible depth of flavor and balance that are hallmarks of this wine. View all Two Hands Wines Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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