Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2008 Front Label
Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2008 Front Label

Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2008

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750ML / 15.3% ABV
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750ML / 15.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep black in color with a slight red hue. Fireworks on the bouquet with rhubarb, Asian spices, intense, fresh cut flower, warm oil and roasted meats, this is extremely 'animal' on the nose. The palate is concentrated and powerful with a lovely open texture of sweet and rounded fruits, you can see the transparency of all three varietals at play here and it makes the wine interesting and different, as they all end on a seamless note. The tannins of the Mataro kick in on the mid palate and pulls the Grenache and Shiraz through on a long ride to a sweet and rounded tannin that is clean, dry and peppery. A contrasting style to the original Brave Faces, which was Shiraz/Grenache, the 2008 seems to show a little more interest and complexity.

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A lively mouthful of toasty, coffee-accented cherry and blackberry flavors, remaining silky and expressive through the long finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2014. 1,250 cases made.
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The idea for Two Hands was born in September 1999 when founders Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz sat at a friend’s engagement party and decided it was time to make their own wine and market it on the world stage.

The original aim was, and still is, to make the best possible Shiraz-based wines from prized growing regions throughout Australia. With so much Australian wine being sold around the globe under multi-region labels in a formulaic style, the intention was to break the mold and showcase the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional and vineyard characteristics by allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines.

 Quality without compromise is central to the Two Hands philosophy, driving all the decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. From the outset, Two Hands set out to be unique and innovative, this approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines through to, not least, the wines themselves. From small beginnings, the winery has been able to manage its growth organically whilst maintaining an absolute quality focus. Premium fruit is sourced from the finest Shiraz growing regions in Australia, and Two Hands works closely with its estate vineyards and band of growers to ensure the full potential of each vineyard is reached. They handle every parcel of fruit, however small, separately from crushing through to fermentation and oak maturation to ensure complexity and personality in the finished wines.

In its simplest form, it could be said that they squeeze the grapes and put them in a bottle. However, in practice there are many different steps and countless hours involved, from vineyard, through to winemaking, tasting, blending and maturation in order to make consistent, quality wines.


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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in the Barossa zone of South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds.

While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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