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2016 Two Hands Hopes and Dreams GSM Blend

 

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I was recently meeting with two Australian winemakers and they said something interesting—it explains why Australian blends are so tasty, in a way I hadn’t thought of before.

When the modern wine industry was being born there in the 1960s, the emphasis was on the highest-quality fruit that one could get. Now that doesn’t sound like a revelatory experience (indeed, it’s probably on the back of every wine bottle I own), but their strategy came with a twist – the highest quality of fruit from ANYWHERE they could get it. Meaning finding 110-year-old Shiraz vines in Barossa and blending it with 65-year-old .5 acre-per-ton-yielding Cabernet from Coonawarra wasn’t considered unethical, it was, in fact – the entire point: to find the best fruit to make the best wine.

Unlike in France, it didn’t matter if you passed over a political boundary. They were just lines on a map, so why let them lower the quality of the wine?

This also meant that Australia was destined to create blends, and as these winemakers noted (they were actually the winemakers for Penfold’s Grange – universally recognized as Australia’s top red wine at $800 a bottle)—Australia has always been renowned for its high quality, highly consistent blends.

Think about it. Year in and year out, if there is no legality stopping you from finding the best source of fruit, you can, year and year out, make exactly what you want. And that is exactly what our example today – Two Hands “Hopes and Dreams” red blend—does.

From their company pages: “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.” Not only are these two guys following a longstanding Australian tradition of blending, but their company is now one of the most highly acclaimed in all of Australia!

With the label designed in honor of the 100-year-old date palms that line their property, Hopes and Dreams is a traditional Barossa blend. The wine opens with an explosion of blue and black fruit on the nose – the compelling mixture of Shiraz and Cabernet. That is joined by a dark red berry fruit from the Grenache and a rich, succulent density from Mourvedre. The palate is smooth and supple, rounded and complete as all good blends should be. It’s powerfully fruit-driven and ready to drink now. Serve with a bold-flavored meal of roasted BBQ in a rich red sauce or coffee-crusted beef tenderloin on a bed of creamed corn.

We got a hot price to make these cool nights ever warmer – so take advantage!

ke the best wine.

Unlike in France, it didn’t matter if you passed over a political boundary. They were just lines on a map, so why let them lower the quality of the wine?

This also meant that Australia was destined to make blends, and as these winemakers noted (they were actually the winemaker’s for Penfold’s Grange – universally recognized as Australia’s top red wine at $800 a bottle), Australia has always been renowned for its high quality, highly consistent blends.

Think about it. Year in and year out, if there is no legality stopping you from finding the best source of fruit, you can, year and year out, make exactly what you want. And that is exactly what our example today – Two Hands “Hopes and Dreams” red blend—does.

From their company pages: “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.” Not only are these two guys following a longstanding Australian tradition of blending, but their company is now one of the mostly acclaimed in all of Australia.

With the label designed in honor of the 100-year-old date palms that line their property, Hopes and Dreams is a traditional Barossa blend. The wine opens with an explosion of blue and black fruit on the nose – the compelling mixture of Shiraz and Cabernet. That is joined by a dark red berry fruit from the Grenache and a rich, succulent density from Mourvedre. The palate is smooth and supple, rounded and complete as all good blends should be. It’s powerfully fruit-driven and ready to drink now. Serve with a bold-flavored meal of roasted BBQ in a rich red sauce or coffee-crusted beef tenderloin on a bed of creamed corn.

We got a hot price to make these cool nights ever warmer – so take advantage!

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