Vivid purple. Cassis, licorice pastille and cocoa powder on the nose. Dense, sweet and floral, offering broad, oak-spiced dark berry compote flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and excellent length. Very sexy cabernet, with the depth to age but the seamless texture to allow for early drinking. This wine was raised in 100% new Taransaud barriques and clocks in at a lowish 13.8% alcohol.
93 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
A captivating Cabernet that brings to mind old School Napa Valley Cabernet, the 2009 Two Hands Cabernet 'Coach House Block' Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road, Greenock exhibits pure cassis, eucalyptus, smoked herbs, lead pencil, and mineral aromatics, full body, a seamless, balance profile, and a profound purity of fruit that shows on both the nose and palate. I’m a huge fan and despite the overall size of the wine, it maintains a sense of refinement and elegance that keeps you pouring another glass. Ripe tannin and sweet fruit fill the finish, and while certainly approachable now, this should easily drink well for two decades!
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (June 2011)
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.