2018 Two Hands 'Gnarly Dudes' Shiraz Barossa Valley
Winemaker Notes: Deep red with a dark crimson core, this wine offers aromas of black cherry pastille, with complex notes of wood smoke, lavender, fresh leather, vanilla bean & black peppercorn. Medium to full bodied hits the palate, with lots of buoyant, bright, black fruits, covering the true spectrum from blackberry pastille, blackberry bush, dark cherry and mulberry. Notes of dried tobacco and dried herb, give a nod to the vintage. The tannins build through the mid palate and frame the wine nicely, finishing in a nice chewy, rolling fashion, meshing beautifully with the frame work of the wines. Rolls through the palate as only a Barossa Shiraz can expanding to every nook and cranny of your mouth, creating a lovely density. The notes of black pepper, coal dust and dried lavender, give excellent appeal carrying it to the finish.
James Suckling - "This has attractive spice and fragrance. Really complex and packed with dark plums and blackberries. The texture is silky with precisely defined tannins. Drink or hold."
Jeb Dunnuck - "The 2018 Gnarly Dudes is also terrific, offering a ripe, medium to full-bodied style that has notable freshness and purity in its blue fruits, spice, eucalyptus, and minty aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced and downright silky on the palate, count me impressed. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "Lovely mixed berry notes appear on the nose of the 2018 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz. It's a prototypical Barossa Shiraz made with modern sensibilities, marrying subtle hints of French oak with bold fruit. Hints of mint and licorice add interest, while the full-bodied palate is ripe and creamy without going over the top."
Wine Spectator - "Juicy and appealing, offering a fresh mix of blueberry, cherry and framboise flavors on a smooth, velvety and spicy frame. Matcha green tea and Szechuan peppercorn details linger. Drink now through 2032."