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2015 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Gnarly Dudes is made with fruit sourced from mature vineyards from the Barossa’s western ranges, the locals call the old twisted vines "gnarly" hence the name. This wine is everything you know and love about old vine Barossa Shiraz, a palate is filled with rich flavours of spice, black pepper, raspberry, plum and liquorice allsorts, and a persistence of flavour that'll have you tasting long after the bottle has been emptied.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour
Deep dark red with a black core

Aroma
Notes of blackberry, black cherry, nougat and fresh baking spices.

Palate
Vibrant and bright across the palate, this full-bodied Shiraz has hints of fresh fruit and a cleansing acidity, along with freshly crushed dark berries, and complexing notes of black pepper and incense. Tannins are quite gritty and drying with a slight powdery edge, but run long providing excellent length and depth to the palate. Notes of sandalwood, patchouli, and nougat round out the palate.

Winemaking
The many parcels making up this wine were crushed into and fermented in three, five, seven and 10 tonne open top vessels. Regular pump overs three times daily were performed during the peak of fermentation to extract flavours, colour and tannins. At pressing, the free run and pressings were combined to tank, then racked to barrel for oak maturation where malolactic fermentation occurred. All batches were kept separate and blended just prior to bottling.

Maturation
Matured for 12 months in French oak, which 15% was new, and the remainder in one to six year old puncheons and hogsheads.

Cellar Potential
Drinking great now, this wine will cellar for five to ten years, if cellared correctly.

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

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2015 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong colour; has more elegance and life than expected, with juicy red fruit flavours nicely framed by fine, ripe tannins and balanced oak.
2026
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The colour has a slightly brighter hue than Angel's Share, the aromas and flavours more focused on sweet plum and blackberry fruit, although ultimately restrained by gently savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour; an accessible and fine bouquet of redcurrant, mocha and blackberry; the palate is lively, fresh, focused and very long and even; much brighter on the palate than expected.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong blackberry and prune fruit, with plenty of attitude; there are some appealing savoury spicy notes which add to the length of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Ripe fruit - some might say dead fruit - is immediately obvious; the high alcohol and lesser quality grapes tell the tale; does have flavour, but so it would at 14° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple;blackberry/prune/confit fruit, alcohol making its mark. If I had a vine(s) like that depicted on the label, I wouldn't be featuring it.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
Two hands are better than one... Didn't Bruce sing about this mob? He may not, however, have written lyrics at any stage of his career that involved gnarly dudes. That's why I'll keep searching till I find my special one, two hands are better than one. Well, this is quite a special one. This is a big, rich, intense wine, jampacked with flavour. (Yes, yes, I know it was hearts. But it could have been hands.)
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007

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