The ‘Picture Series’ are Two Hand’s entry-level wines, and the ‘Gnarly Dudes’ on the label of this Barossa Valley Shiraz are old, twisted vines like those from which this wine comes. Here’s Joe Czerwinski, writing for the important U.S. publication Wine Advocate: ‘Two Hands is making a collection of Shirazes that may be unrivalled in the world for expressing the places where they're grown... Tasting through the lineup is a fabulous exercise in seeing how Shiraz reflects its place’.
Hands-on proprietor Michael Twelftree sources grapes both from estate vineyards and trusted, long-term growers. Every parcel is handled separately, from crushing and fermentation through to oak maturation, with the decision on its ultimate destination left until six months after vintage, when every barrel is graded and allocated to a range (or discarded if it fails to meet basic standards). With minimum intervention in the winery and discreet use of oak, the aim is to give character of place the best possible chance to assert itself.
The red-fruited 2017 Shiraz Gnarly Dudes is a medium to full-bodied wine with plenty of bright acids and easy drinkability. Raspberries and redcurrants are balanced by hints of grilled meat, which impart a savoury edge. Tannins are light and silky, making this a wine to drink now and over the next few years.
Wine Advocate, September 2018
Vanilla cream soda notes accent the plush and supple wild berry and plum flavours on a smooth, easy-drinking body, with hints of sarsaparilla and clove lingering on the finish.
90 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, November 2018
Mid-red with mulberry hues. A sweet-natured, fragrant aroma of ripe dark cherries and vanilla bean. The medium-weight palate is bright and lively. A full-flavoured wine with a pleasing degree of reserve and grace.
90 points, Real Review, February 2019
...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... plenty to love.
90 points, JebDunnuck.com, December 2018
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.