Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wine Review: Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018


The idea for Two Hands was born in September 1999 when founders Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz sat at a friend’s engagement party and decided it was time to make their own wine and market it on the world stage. The original aim was, and still is, to make the best possible Shiraz-based wines from prized growing regions throughout Australia.  With so much Australian wine being sold around the globe under multi-region labels in a formulaic style, the intention was to break the mould and showcase the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional and vineyard characteristics by allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines.

I've got three reviews for Two Hands this week and it all started with Angels' Share Shiraz 2018, now I'm reviewing Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2018, and then I'll be finishing with Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.

This is 100% Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia, and the color of the wine is deeeeeeep dark purple. On the nose there's the floral aromas of violets over plums, prunes, licorice, and chocolate. On the palate it's medium bodied and kinda flat in mouthfeel with soft tannin and an acidity that doesn't take over the show but brightens things up on the finish. There's flavors of plums, blackberries, chocolate, and tarragon. Then it finishes with plums, root beer, and ethanol heat. 

The only thing left to be desired is a little more life on the midpalate mouthfeel but that's irrelevant in the end because for $33 this is an awesome bottle and completely worth every cent.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $33
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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