Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
Deep dark red color. Lovely intense nose with aromas of cassis, scorched earth, licorice and provincial herbs.
Classic regal Cabernet, this wine bursts onto the palate and rolls across the tongue with focus and density. Classic firm Cabernet tannins with lovely fruit weight, the flavors gently roll with the tannins to a long penetrating and intense finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "The Two Hands wines of this second tier have much to commend them, notably freshness and vitality. This is McLaren Vale cabernet with a regional dark chocolate twist, but the redcurrant and cassis is the heart of the wine, classy tannins and a dab of oak the icing on the cake. "
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, round and generous, with raspberry and black cherry fruit at the core, shaded by spicy, toasty, herbal nuances. Has depth and presence, and the finish doesn't quit. Drink now through 2022. 4,500 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon is intensely scented of blackcurrant cordial, blueberry preserves and menthol with hints of fertile earth and bay leaf. Full-bodied with a great concentration of blackberry-laced mid palate fruit, it has a medium level of fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2018+. 90+"
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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 McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are 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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11 ratings, 3 with reviewspscorn - Sault Sainte Marie, MI21/23/2015Ca glover - Memphis, TN111/13/2014William R. - Pittsburgh, PA510/4/2014jpg7 - New York, NY38/26/201458/22/2014md4eyes2020 - Roanoke, VA58/6/2014
big and bold. very enjoyable. great value long smooth finishWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA57/24/2014
- Big & Bold
This a magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Two Hands Sexy Breast is true seducer of the palate. Starts out quietly with herbs and currants, the wines takes over the palate in a really big way. Velvety in the end.gwendolyn - Oakland, CA57/24/2014
- Pair With
- a salad of sweet corn and rare ribeye of beef
Sexy indeed... this is a fantastic Cabernet from the Two Hands team. Typical Cabernet aromas of black currant, dark fruit, licorice and a touch of bell pepper. The palate is rich and generous, with all the above flavors well integrated with the supple tannins and lingering finish. I'd take this over the many Cali Cabs at the same price.pboilman - Caldwell, TX56/27/2014
- Big & Bold
Fine Vines - Houston, TX46/5/2014
- Earth & Spicy
KERRI BIGLEY - Lewisville, TX25/28/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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