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Two Hands Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH94
  • WS91
14.3% ABV
  • WS91
  • JH90
  • RP90
  • JH89
  • RP89
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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JH 94
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%?
WS 91
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.
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Two Hands Wines, , Australia
Two Hands
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 selected 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.

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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