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Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2017

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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13.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep red with a dark crimson core, this wine offers aromas of black cherry pastille, with complex notes of wood smoke, lavender, fresh leather, vanilla bean & black peppercorn. Medium to full bodied hits the palate, with lots of buoyant, bright, black fruits, covering the true spectrum from blackberry pastille, blackberry bush, dark cherry and mulberry. Notes of dried tobacco and dried herb, give a nod to the vintage. The tannins build through the mid palate and frame the wine nicely, finishing in a nice chewy, rolling fashion, meshing beautifully with the frame work of the wines. Rolls through the palate as only a Barossa Shiraz can expanding to every nook and cranny of your mouth, creating a lovely density. The notes of black pepper, coal dust and dried lavender, give excellent appeal carrying it to the finish.

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JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
In the same ballpark, the 2017 Shiraz Gnarly Dudes offers a complex, spicy bouquet of red and blue fruits, incense, cured ham, and hints of mint. It's medium-bodied, rounded, and expansive, with a supple, soft texture, tons of personality, and a good finish. It's not going to make old bones but has plenty to love.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Vanilla cream soda notes accent the plush and supple wild berry and plum flavors on a smooth, easy-drinking body, with hints of sarsaparilla and clove lingering on the finish.
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Two Hands Wines, Australia
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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.

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Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

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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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

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Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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