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Two Hands Hopes and Dreams Red Blend 2016

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep dark red in the glass with lifted aromas of red currant, raspberry, spice and lavender. Layers of red fruit laced with notes of crushed flowers and spice. Hitting the palate with freshness and vibrancy, this red blend is made buoyant with crisp acidity.

Blend: 43% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Mourvédre, 2% Carignan

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JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 43% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet, 11% Mourvèdre and the rest Carignan, the 2016 Hopes & Dreams Red Blend is a beautifully perfumed, sexy red from Twelftree that's loaded with sweet raspberry and blackberry fruits, incense, spice, white pepper and floral nuances. Ripe, rounded, yet light on its feet and balanced, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A mashup of 43% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Mourvèdre and 2% Carignan, the 2016 Hopes and Dreams Red Winemakers Blend might not speak of varietal character, but it delivers a fragrant glass of supple, medium to full-bodied red wine. It hints at cinnamon and pepper on the nose, picks up notes of raspberries and blackberries on the palate, then finishes with a dash of spice and some silky tannins.
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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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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 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 featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. 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 hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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