Two Hands Holy Grail Shiraz 2016

Barossa Valley
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£43.50 per bottle
Only 10 in stock

PRODUCTION: 10 Barrels  

FIRST VINTAGE: 2015

VINE AGE: 16 Years 

ELEVATION: 270m

TIME IN BARREL: 18 Months / 92% Hogshead and 8% Barrique

SOIL PROFILE: Red Brown Earth or Stoney Clay

Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100

With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.

94 Points - Joe Czerwinski (erobertparker.com)

A new bottling from Two Hands, the 2016 Shiraz Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Road Seppeltsfiled comes from a historic vineyard purchased from Jayson Woodbridge, who used it for his Hundred Acre project. Blueberry and blackberry fruit mingle on the nose and palate in this rich, full-bodied beauty. It’s creamy and supple on the palate, with a long, vanilla tinged finish.

The Holy Grail Shiraz vineyard is found in the sub-region of Seppeltsfield, in the Barossa Valley.

The first part of this site was purchased in 2008 and included 52 acres of vacant land. The vision was to wait until resources permitted and plant this ares of land as specifically as possible. Just before the 2015 vintage a further 37 acres of land were purchased, which included 16 acres of established shiraz vines. This vineyard produced 27 tonnes in its first vintage, with fruit going into My Hands, Ares, Single Vineyard and a few barrels to Bella’s Garden. Development of the unplanted site began in April 2016, with planting to commence in the spring.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

A new bottling from Two Hands, the 2016 Shiraz Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Road Seppeltsfiled comes from a historic vineyard purchased from Jayson Woodbridge, who used it for his Hundred Acre project. Blueberry and blackberry fruit mingle on the nose and palate in this rich, full-bodied beauty. It’s creamy and supple on the palate, with a long, vanilla tinged finish.

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Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

For weightier style reds we recommend the Zalto Bordeaux glass, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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Two Hands Wines

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Two Hands Wines, Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia

 

"Two Hands Wines have become a beacon for artisan, single vineyard Shiraz in Barossa Valley as well as other premier regions in South Australia. Winning admiration from leading critics around the globe such as Robert Parker, James Halliday and Jancis Robinson demonstrates that the wines are far from one-dimensional"

 

Two Hands Wines have become a beacon for artisan, single vineyard Shiraz in Barossa Valley as well as other premier regions in South Australia. Winning admiration from leading critics around the globe such as Robert Parker, James Halliday and Jancis Robinson demonstrates that the wines are far from one-dimensional in their outstanding balance, structure and elegance. Further testament of this came in 2012 when the estate was named in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for the 10th consecutive year.

Both from négociant fruit in McLaren Vale, The Lily’s Garden and Bella’s Garden Shiraz are single vineyards expression of Shiraz combining ripe black fruit wrapped in chocolate and smoky richness. Lily’s Garden is widely regarded as the more approachable of the two when young with Bella’s Garden having the staying power of a premium red Rhone, avoiding the often jammy character found in other examples from the region.

Taking things a notch higher is the Zippy’s Block 99% Shiraz, from a prime Barossa single vineyard boasting immense power and intensity. The 2005 vintage was awarded an outstanding 99 points from critic Jay Miller with an estimated drinking window of 20-25 years. Also part of the estate holdings, but managed separately, is the Branson Coach House that was purchased in 2001. Here the deep clay soils aid the ripening of mostly Shiraz fruit grown in rare single vineyard sites. The Shiraz has rich fruit with spicy notes on the finish in a hedonistic yet controlled delivery.

Two Hands were featured more times than any other producer on the Barossa Super 100 Classification, a list of some of the most highly regarded and collectable wines from Barossa drawn up by the Barossa Grape and Association, which saw its inaugural launch in 2019. Two hands have have an incredible eight wines on the list including their My Hands, which is one of only seven wines featured in the above $500 dollars category.

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Region

Barossa Valley Wines

 

A land of rolling hills and ancient vines, in the heart of South Australia, Barossa is arguably Australia’s most recognised wine region, but has not been without its ups and downs.

 

Barossa’s story began in the mid 1800s when a group of Silesian Lutherans, fleeing religious persecution, settled in the region and began working the land of Barossa’s largest land owner George Fife Angas. The settlers took to growing fruit and due to the climate in the region, grapes were most ideally suited and toward the end of the 1800s, several wineries had been established. Distinctly Germanic names such a Johann Henschke, Oscar Seppelt of Seppeltsfield and Kaesler that are leading names in the Barossa wine industry today are evidence of these early pioneers, and many are continuing today through several generations of the same family.

The wines were originally produced for religious and home use but it didn’t take long before they were being made commercially and by the start of the 20th Century wine was being exported back to England. The demand for fortified wine was huge and this coupled with the long journey on water, fortified wines dominated Barossa’s wine market right up until the end of the 1960s, but this would lead to a crisis that would set the industry into decline. As demand for fortified wines dried up, many growers were left unprofitable and the South Australian Government introduced the vine pull scheme, uprooting many of Barossa’s ancient vines during the 1980s. It took the efforts of some of the regions new faces of the time to bring the industry back by paying the growers above market value for their grapes, and saving the old vines that have become a hallmark of Barossa wine.

It is Barossa’s ancient vines that have shaped the region's style and reputation and the forward thinking attitude of the region's producers is one that is only beginning to filter through to the rest of the wine world. The winemakers of the 1980s helped to revive Barossa’s heritage, paving the way for the next generation of Barossa winemakers and this balance between heritage and progression has continued with an unparalleled energy through the region's newest and brightest stars of the 21st Century.

The Barossa Valley is warm and dry with low rainfall and low humidity, which can lead to a risk of drought during the growing season. It’s lower in altitude and is typified by gentle, rolling hills and valleys and is home to some of the world’s oldest clusters of vines, some of which are over 125 years old. These old vines are very low yielding and produce exceptionally concentrated fruit which is exploited by producers like Greenock Creek, Hobbs and Standish to make very rich and powerful wines that due to their concentration, often reach high levels of alcohol. Although several varieties are grown across Barossa, by far the most widely planted is Shiraz, producing rich, fruit forward wines. In the past, Barossa’s reputation has suffered from this rich style of wine, with consumers and producers favouring wines from cooler areas of Australia. However, a wave of smaller, artisan wineries began to pop up during the 1980’s and 1990’s and brought a resurgence to this region with trailblazers like Torbreck and St Hallett.

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